Your early years news, features and guides round up: 25th January – 7th February 2020

Take a look here at some of the news & updates surrounding the sector that have caught our eye these past couple of weeks…


Early Years Wales Awards 2020

Yes they are back… & even better this year!

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the Early Years Wales Awards 2020 are now OPEN!

The Early Years Wales Awards have been designed to bring to the forefront the passion and dedication our members bring to the childcare sector in Wales. We believe our members lead the way in setting the standard for everyone within our industry – this is your chance to be recognised and celebrated.

This year’s awards ceremony will be taking place at The Hilton Hotel, Cardiff on 12th June 2020 in the evening and we will be revealing the name of our guest speaker soon so get your glad rags ready and join us for a celebration!

For more information on the different categories and how you can get nominating, visit our awards webpage here.


Revised Curriculum for Wales Guidance

Introduction to curriculum design

Education Minister Kirsty Williams published the revised Curriculum for Wales guidance on Tuesday 28th January and confirmed an additional £15m to support teachers as they prepare for its implementation.

The curriculum will be used in all schools from 2022 in primary and Year 7, and will roll out year by year until it includes Year 11 by 2026.

Find out more here.



Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill

Cwlwm (the Welsh childcare and play organisations partnership) extends its congratulations to the Welsh Government on the passing of the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill; a piece of legislation which will ensure that children in Wales have the same rights as adults in terms of protection from physical abuse or punishment. For many years Mudiad Meithrin, Early Years Wales, Pacey Cymru, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs and NDNA Cymru, along with other Welsh organisations and bodies, have supported this campaign.

As organisations working on behalf of children and promoting children’s rights, we are pleased to see Wales taking this bold step; and in doing so ensuring that children have the same right to be protected from physical abuse as every other member of society.

The ‘Cwlwm’ organisations assist the Welsh Government in ensuring that families the length and breadth of Wales can access affordable, quality child care and play opportunities, meeting the needs of parents and families and ensuring the best possible outcomes for children and their families throughout Wales.

Read the full statement on our news page here.


CIW SASS update

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) have recently announced that the deadline to complete the Self-Assessment of Service Statement (SASS) has been extended to the 11th February 2020.

CIW would like to thank all childcare and play providers who have already completed their online SASS using CIW Online and have received lots of useful feedback as providers have progressed through their SASS form.

Based on this feedback and the fact that completion of the SASS may result in some providers needing to submit notifications and variations (processes which are new for providers to undertake through CIW Online), CIW have decided to extend the deadline for completion until Tuesday 11th February (23:59).

If you need technical support using CIW Online, please visit the SASS page of the CIW website here, in case your question is answered there, or call 0300 7900 126 and select option 4.

We are also here to support settings through this process. Please contact your regional office for support. Details here.


Foundation Phase Excellence Network Events (FPEN)

Bookings for our St Asaph Foundation Phase Excellence Network Event on the 13th February has now closed – we look forward to seeing all attendees booked on next week!

Missed out? No fear, our Bridgend FPEN event on the 5th March still has limited spaces remaining! Here is what is in store…

Guest speaker – Pavla Boulton, from University of South Wales (USW) will be discussing ‘The Lost Words Project…Exploring the New Curriculum’

Guest speaker Hannah Chivers from Welsh Government will be back discussing ‘Hwb, the FPEN zone and developments with the Curriculum for Wales 2022′

Also Kin Kindergarten will be delivering workshops on ‘Documenting Outdoor Learning’ & Booktrust Cymru will be discussing ‘Pori Drwy Stori’

Plus, a copy of ‘Geiriau Diflanedig’ (‘The Lost Words’) by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris for every delegate!

To book your FREE place, visit our Eventbrite page here.



Active Baby and You – Deeside (7th March 2020) 

Spaces are still available for our FREE Play to Learn Workshop introducing ‘Active Baby and You’ being held in Deeside Leisure Centre on the 7th March 2020!

This workshop will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to cascade activities and health and well-being messages to the children in your care.

It will also provide you with information to support parents through 4-week multi-skills play based approach.

To request a booking form, or for more information, please email us here:



Early Years Wales Members Forums

We have two Early Years Wales Members Forums coming up! Details below…


Members Forum: Swansea – 6th February 2020


Members Forum: Narberth – 17th March 2020



Settings are already receiving free funds!

Does your setting have an easyfundraising account yet? easyfundraising is a simple and straightforward way you can raise funding to help with those extra costs and you don’t have to be a charity to use it. On average, Early Years Wales settings can raise £269 in FREE cashback with easyfundraising!

It takes a couple of minutes to register your setting for free and every time your parents, staff and supporters use the easyfundraising website or App to shop online with 4,000 shops and sites including Amazon, eBay, M&S, Argos, Tesco, Domino’s & H&M, the retailer they shop with sends your setting a FREE donation, at no extra cost to anyone!

Make sure your setting is benefiting and get fundraising today!


The Big Welsh Rhyme Time

Big Welsh Rhyme Time logoFebruary is here and we are getting closer to BookTrust Cymru’s The Big Welsh Rhyme Time during the week of 10-14th February!

The Big Welsh Rhyme Time aims to promote and encourage fun and enjoyable rhyme sharing activity for children in Wales aged 0-5, in Welsh and English.

Early Years Wales are proud to be supporting this campaign! In the lead up, why not read this article on the importance of rhymes in the early years and the benefit it can have on a babies’ language development. Click here to read more.


…& finally

It has been a busy couple of months for Quality for All successes!

Huge congratulations to…

Caerleon Cherubs, Newport; Brambly Hill, Llanelli; Little Angels FS Happy Days, Cardiff; Seaway House (Darling Buds), Cardiff; Western Flying Start (Darling Buds), Cardiff; Greenway Flying Start (Darling Buds), Cardiff; Butterflies Flying Start Childcare Blaenymaes, Swansea; Little Acorns Playgroup – Hubberston, Pembrokeshire; Little Gems at Seaview Flying Start, Swansea; Pitter Patter Day Nursery Ltd, Swansea; Myrtle House Nursery, Carmarthenshire

…who have all successfully passed our Quality Assurance Scheme, Quality for All (QfA) recently. We’re proud of your achievements.

If your would like more information on QfA, or would like to take part, visit our website here.

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