Your early years news, features and guides round up: 28th – 10th August 2018

Some of you are now well and truly into the summer holidays and we hope you are enjoying your well-earned rest!

If you are yet to catch up on the latest news and updates going on in the sector, take a look at our pick here…


Water Safety


With all this lovely weather we’ve been having, what better way to cool down than having a dip in the sea or a splash in the swimming pool!

However, it is important to make sure a child’s time in the water is both fun and safe!

Check out these useful tips here by the Child Accident Prevention Trust.



Active and Healthy Lifestyle

Yoga for children

Yoga has become a popular way for adults to relax while coping with the stresses of life.

But now some children in London have been experiencing it for themselves.

Sessions started in two nurseries, and the pilots of these have proven so successful that the London Early Years Foundation is now hoping to roll out yoga and mindfulness sessions for three-year old’s across the capital.

For the full video, click here.


‘Floss Dance’

Yes you may have heard of it and many of you may have tried to attempt it, but now some David Lloyds Health Clubs have introduced an exercise class for teenagers and children dedicated to learning the dance moves featured in the on-screen game Fortnite, including the popular Floss Dance.

“Emote” dances like the floss, hype and fresh are now part of a fitness class which aims to steer children away from their game consoles this summer.

However, health experts say ideas like this are only a quick fix to a long-term problem.

Read more about this here.


Food and nutrition in childcare settings

Have you checked out the Welsh Government’s proposed new Food & Nutrition Guidance yet?

These are packed full of updated guidelines & new standards, and there are also 100’s of new menu options and delicious recipes to try out.

The consultation closes on the 17th September, so make sure you have your say as your views are important.

Keep an eye out for the autumn issue of smalltalk, where we’ve got a more in depth article from Welsh Government about these guidelines.

Click here for the full consultation document.




With the Eisteddfod being right on the doorstep of our Head Office this week, it has been great to check out what has been happening in and around the Maes in Cardiff Bay this week.

If you are planning a visit, we are only a short walk away from the action – so if you want to have a chat with us about anything relating the sector, we’d love you to pop by!


If you would like to book an appointment, details can be found here.


Playday 2018

Did you join in on the Playday celebrations last week? 

Our North Wales team were at the Conwy Playday event and from looking at the pictures, play most certainly took place in the most messiest form!

Take a look at these photos over on our Facebook page here, and if you have any photos of your own you would like to share with us, send them across, we’d love to see what you got up to!


DBS checks

It’s easy to make mistakes when completing a DBS application form, which can delay the application process.

Check out this useful blog from uCheck here, that outlines the most common mistakes applicants make and some great tips on how to avoid making them.



Our members have the following vacancies within their setting:

Apprentice Opportunity – Meifod Minibeasts, Meifod, Powys

Nursery Assistant – Churchstoke Little Explorers, Powys


If you are a Wales PPA member and would like to us to advertise your vacancy, please email us at with your job details.


…& finally


Huge congratulations to Seren Fach Nursery, Newport; Tiddlywinks Childcare Centre, Neath Port Talbot; Holywell Playgroup, Flintshire; Portmead Puddleducks Flying Start, Swansea; Lullabyz Nursery, Newport; Spittal Playgroup, Pembrokeshire who have all successfully passed our quality assurance scheme, Quality for All (QfA) over the past few months.

We’re proud of your achievements.

Together we are raising the standards of childcare in Wales.


If you’d like to take part in QfA, please visit our website for further information and ways to apply:


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