Your early years news, features and guides round up: 27th July – 9th August 2019

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


Bringing a fresh perspective to Early Childhood Education and Care – Seminar

You’ve only got just over one week to book your Early Bird tickets for our seminar on the 17th September in the Angel Hotel, Cardiff.

This event will be led by Aldo Fortunati & Barbara Pagni, who will be talking about their philosophy – the San Miniato approach.

Inspired by Malaguzzi of Reggio fame, the San Miniato approach to early childhood education recognises the child as the protagonist – the leading character – in the processes of growing, learning and developing relationships, not only from the child’s viewpoint but for the benefit of their parents, family members, and their wider communities.

Exclusive rates are available to Early Years Wales members and your ticket price includes participation in the full itinerary of the day for 2 x attendees and a copy of ONE of Aldo Fortunati’s books.

Book your Early Bird tickets now to avoid disappointment:

Book your tickets HERE!


…not an Early Years Wales member yet?

Join as an individual member for just £20 a year and as well as having access to our specialist support and guidance, you will be able to take advantage of exclusive discounts on event tickets, training and our publications.

Visit our membership page here for all the info.



Early Years Wales Awards Celebration – May 2018



Were you celebrating with us at our first ever awards ceremony in Ruthin Castle back in May this year?

All of the photos from this event can now be viewed on our website.

Find the full gallery here.



Early Years Wales Members Forum – Buckley

Please join us at The Westwood Early Years Centre in Buckley on Wednesday 25th September for an Early Years Wales catch-up and discussion evening which includes updates on Additional Learning Needs (ALN), the new Curriculum for Wales 2022, Quality for All (QfA), the Welsh Language, smalltalk… plus any other news from the childcare sector.

Contact Siobhan Chambers to book your place: | 01745 530111/07814 832652

Early Years Wales Members Forums 19/20

If you haven’t already…

Make a note of the following dates, members:


Policy Forum for Wales Seminar

‘Implementing the new curriculum in Wales, measuring pupil progress and reforming 14-16 qualifications’

The Policy Forum for Wales seminar on 3rd October 2019 will examine the key issues surrounding the design and implementation of the new school curriculum.

With Estyn expected to announce a new inspection framework in September 2021, there will also be discussion on what the new framework should include.

Guest speakers include Prof. Graham Donaldson, Review Lead, Successful Futures, Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales, 2015.

…& our very own Chief Executive Officer, Jane Alexander.

More information on the event and details on how to book on here.


Welsh Government Food and Nutrition for Childcare Settings, Best Practice Guidance – survey

Calling all childcare settings across Wales…

Please complete this short survey that aims to collect information on the recently launched Welsh Government Food and Nutrition for Childcare Settings, Best Practice Guidance.

This survey has been designed to determine whether or not childcare settings across Wales are aware of this guidance and how it has influenced their food and drink provision for children in their care.

NOTE: if you are a member of more than one umbrella organisation, you only need to complete this once.

Link to the survey here.



‘Cwlwm’ is made up of five organisations with Mudiad Meithrin as the lead organisation. ‘Cwlwm’ organisations are Early Years Wales, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs, Mudiad Meithrin, National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA Cymru) and PACEY Cymru.

Aim: ‘Cwlwm’ will support the Welsh Government to ensure that families across Wales can access affordable, quality childcare providing innovative solutions to create flexible childcare and play opportunities to meet the needs of parents and their families.

The Cwlwm July newsletter is now live!

Want useful and up-to-date information for the early years, childcare and play sector? If so, click here.


National Centre for Learning Welsh

Site nameNational Centre for Learning Welsh is responsible for all aspects of the Learn Welsh sector – from curriculum and course development to resources for tutors, research, marketing and e-learning.

Putting its learners first is the Centre’s key priority and the following brand values are at the heart of all its activities.

Read the Centre’s latest news here.


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

The Children, Young People and Education Committee for the National Assembly for Wales has recently published its Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill Committee Stage 1 Report.

The purpose of the Bill is to abolish the common law defence of reasonable punishment so it is no longer available in Wales to parents or those acting in loco parentis as a defence to assault or battery against a child.

A debate on the Bill has been scheduled for Tuesday 17th September.

For more info on how you can view the debate, click here.



There’s not long left for your setting to WIN a £100 to spend with Early Learning Centre!

For an entry in the competition prize draw, simply register your setting with free fundraising website, easyfundraising, at –

How can easyfundraising help my setting?

It’s simple – once you register your setting as a good cause with easyfundraising, you can earn cashback when anyone connected to your setting (parents, staff members etc.) shops online with thousands of retailers like The Book People, Clarks, M&S, The Entertainer, Argos, Amazon & eBay.

It’s free to register and use and over 2,000 settings just like yours are already raising money with easyfundraising, so don’t miss out!


WCVA – The Welsh Charity Awards


WCVA have recently launched The Welsh Charity Awards in recognition and celebration of the fantastic contribution charities, community groups, not-for-profits and volunteers make to Wales.

So if you know an organisation or individual that deserves to be celebrated, what are you waiting for?

Nominate here today.

Closing date for nominations – 2nd October 2019



Playday 2019

It was National Playday on Wednesday 7th August!

This years theme was Play Builds Children.

  • Play Builds Friendships – playing allows children to interact with others, develop relationships, deal with conflict, and learn respect and tolerance.
  • Play Builds Resilience – playing boosts children’s confidence, creativity, problem-solving skills and perseverance, enabling them to cope with stress and challenges throughout life.
  • Play Builds Health and Well-being – being active through play helps children physically and emotionally, contributing to their health and happiness.
  • Play Builds Communities – playing allows children to learn about the world around them, make connections, and develop a sense of identity and belonging.

Keep a look out on our social media pages and the next issue of smalltalk to see how the Early Years Wales team celebrated Playday 2019 by kite making!



Our members have the following vacancies…

Pre-school Leader – Shining Stars Nursery School, Cardiff

Flying Start Setting Leader – Darling Buds Nursery, Cardiff

Flying Start Nursery Nurse – Darling Buds Nursery, Cardiff

Baby Room Leader – Greenfields Nursery, Rogerstone

Don’t forget members, we will advertise any vacancy you have on our website & social media for FREE!

Email: with your job advert and we will take care of the rest.

…& finally

Huge congratulations to…

Highgate Uplands, Swansea; Whiterock Honey Bees Playgroup, RCT; Button’s and Bow’s Day Nursery Ltd, Cardiff; Wriggles and Giggles Nursery, Torfaen; Playdays Playgroup, Denbighshire; Twinkle Tots Flying Start Playgroup, Newport; Toddlers at Coed y Derwen, Merthyr Tydfil; Sunray Day Nursery, Flintshire; Little Ladybirds Flying Start Playgroup, Newport; Poppies DN Ltd, Torfaen; Buzzy Bees Nursery, Torfaen

…who have successfully passed our Quality Assurance Scheme, Quality for All (QfA) over the past few months. We’re proud of your achievements.

If your would like to take part in QfA, click here for further information.

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