Your early years news, features and guides round up: 28th September – 18th October 2019

It’s been a while members & we have so much for you to catch up on!

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


Progress for Success

People working between 10 and 16 hours within the Childcare and Play sector who want to progress their career are being encouraged to apply for funding for apprenticeship qualifications through the Progress for Success (PFS) programme.

Progress for Success is a Welsh Government and European Social Fund programme which funds existing early years, childcare and play practitioners to undertake recognised childcare and play qualifications. The aim of the programme is to raise the quality of provision offered to our youngest children in Wales by increasing and broadening the skills levels held by the existing workforce.

For more information on the Progress for Success programme, click here.



Update on the baby bundles pilot in Wales

Julie Morgan AM, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, has recently published a statement on the update of the baby bundles pilot.

Baby bundles are a “welcome to the world” gift from the Welsh Government, which includes newborn essentials and useful information for parents and their babies.

Read the full statement here.



Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)

In November 2019, you will receive a letter from CIW with important information about CIW Online.

This letter requires you to take action to activate an online account. You must do this whether you have previously created an online account or not.

Your online account will make it much easier for you to work with CIW, providing one simple and effective way to submit information about any changes to your service.

Please look out for your letter and take action within the set timescales to follow the instructions and activate your account.

This is in preparation for early 2020, when childcare and play providers will be required, by CIW to submit a Self-Assessment of Service Statement (SASS) online. The SASS enables CIW to gather and update the information they hold on childcare and play services. In addition to the SASS, providers will also be required to submit a Quality of Care review, describing their own assessment of the quality of care provided and how they monitor their own performance.

We will provide further information and an update on this in coming weeks, so keep an eye out on our social media pages and website.



Curriclum for Wales 2022

Early Years Wales are here to support settings in preparing for the new Curriculum for Wales 2022.

So much so, we have recently added two new resources to our Foundation Phase page on our website, including 20 FAQ’s about the new curriculum and the Foundation Phase – useful for non-maintained settings.

Have a look at our list of useful resources here.




Get Online Week 2019

We are supporting Get Online Week this week alongside our Cwlwm partners!

Get Online Week is the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign – mobilising grassroots organisations to reach more people with digital skills support, and raising the profile of digital exclusion as an issue of national importance.

Organisations all over the country are running events this week to help people take the next step on their online journey.

Find out more about the campaign here.



Cwlwm Autumn Newsletter

The Cwlwm Autumn Term Newsletter is now online!

Featuring important information on the Progress for Success programme, what to consider when choosing playwork courses for you and your staff and the impact of Brexit on the childcare and playwork sector – plus much, much more!

Visit the Cwlwm website here to have a read.



Did you know?

That you don’t have to be a member of Early Years Wales to keep on top of the very best of what’s happening in the early years and childcare sector in Wales.

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The Camau project offers free Welsh language courses at various levels for staff working in childcare, early years & play sectors.

To accompany the course, the Centre for Learning Welsh has put together an interactive online introduction to the Welsh language – its history, why learning Welsh is becoming more popular, the benefits of being bilingual etc.

For more information and how to access this free online resource, visit the specially dedicated Camau page on our website here.

…& to keep up to date with the latest news from the Centre for Learning Welsh, have a read of their Autumn 2019 newsletter.




With the new term already upon us – we want to help all our settings hit their fundraising goals! Hundreds of settings just like yours are already using free fundraising website easyfundraising to help raise free cashback donations & you can join them!

It’s simple, raise extra funds for extra equipment, activity materials & running costs when your supporters shop online via easyfundraising with 4,000 leading retailers such as, John Lewis & Partners, Argos, eBay, Just Eat, Decathlon & trainline.

Give your supporters a FREE and easy way to help fundraise for your setting! To help get them, on-board, grab your free fundraising toolkit HERE.

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Early Years Wales are currently recruiting for the following vacancies…


Development Worker – Central Support (Cardiff)

Early Years Wales are currently looking for two Development Workers to act as a key member of the Central Support team to develop and support quality childcare, education and play providers.

Job Description

Closing date: 21st October 2019

More information and details on how to apply can be found here.


Freelance Quality for All Assessors

Early Years Wales are currently looking for Freelance Quality for All (QfA) assessors in North Wales and South Wales to assess childcare providers on their high-quality standards, enabling them to achieve Early Years Wales quality assurance scheme, Quality for All, (QfA).


Closing date: 25th October 2019

More information and details on how to apply can be found here.



BookTrust Cymru – Early Years Practitioner Conference (Nov 2019)

Registration is now open for BookTrust Cymru’s Early Years Practitioner Conference!

Hear great speakers, attend inspiring workshops and share practical ideas for using books, stories and rhymes with children and families.

All delegates will take away ten copies of each of the current Bookstart Baby and Early Years titles to use with children and families as part of their Bookstart Superboxes – forty books in total!

Book your place here:

North Wales Conference on 7th November in Holywell

South Wales Conference on 14th November in Bridgend


How to get involved in Safer Internet Day Information Event

Safer Internet Day (SID) 2020 will be held on 11th February 2020.

To help organisations prepare for and get involved in SID 2020, Welsh Government are holding an information event on Wednesday 13th November at The Clayton Hotel in Cardiff.

The event will give you background to the SID and lots of information about how you and your organisation can take part in activities and use SID to highlight and discuss online safety issues.

Register here.


…& finally

Congratulations to…

-Seabreeze (Old Ffrindiau Bach Flying Start)

-Newport & Tiddlywinks Childcare Centre, Neath Port Talbot

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

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