Your early years news, features and guides round up: 29th June – 12th July 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 saved the date… now it’s time to book your tickets!

As part of the 4 Nations tour organised by Early Childhood Ireland, Early Years ScotlandEarly Years in Northern Ireland and Early Years Wales, we are proud to be hosting a seminar on the 17th September in Cardiff led by:

Aldo Fortunati & Barbara Pagni

Early Childhood, Education and Care specialists from La Bottega di Geppetto – International Research and Documentation Centre on Childhood Gloria Tognetti in Tuscany, northern Italy (

Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity to meet Aldo and Barbara who will be bringing you a fresh perspective to delivering services within Early Childhood Education and Care to enhance children’s and family’s experiences from birth.

For more information and booking details click here.


Early Years Wales Members Forums

Dates for your diary! The dates of our remaining 2019 & early-2020 members forums have now been pencilled in.

Early Years Wales members forums are the perfect opportunity for you to become part of a like minded network – we hold 22 forums a year, with the content varying in each one. You get to have your say, meet other members, Early Years Wales staff, trustees, stakeholders and guest speakers.

We aim to keep the content of our forums as current and as ‘on-trend’ as possible, we therefore welcome your suggestions with topics for discussion. Please email: with any ideas you may have.

Click here for the full list.


Draft Curriculum for Wales

Only one week left to have your say on the draft #CurriculumforWales

The new draft curriculum has been developed to make sure that learning and experiences in school better prepare children and young people for life outside of school with things like career paths and the part they play in their community.

This brief summary of the changes planned for education in Wales might help get you started. Click here for more.


£29 million EU funding to break down employment barriers

The Communities for Work (CfW) and Parents Childcare and Employment (PaCE) programmes, both of which are supported by the European Social Fund and delivered in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), local authorities and the third sector, will now continue until June 30, 2022.

An additional £23.4 million of EU funding will be provided for the CfW programme, with an extra £5.6 million for PaCE. This will bring EU, Welsh Government and DWP investment in the 2 programmes to £123 million over their lifetime.

CfW supports those furthest from the labour market, and living in the most deprived communities in Wales, where there is a realistic prospect of moving them closer to work and into employment. Meanwhile PaCE specifically supports parents into training or employment where childcare is their main barrier.

Press release of this can be found here.



Settings like yours recently received over £24,000!

Great news! Thousands of settings just like yours recently received fundraising payments of over £24,000 – simply for shopping online with easyfundraising.

Fancy raising money like this for your own setting? Croco-doco-dile Playgroup already are. With help from setting supporters shopping online with easyfundraising, they’ve already received over £800!

Nia Evans said: “It’s a great way to raise funds – free and very easy to use. Our staff all use it, as well as parents and committee members. Seeing the money being paid into our account is very satisfying! We’ve used the money to buy resources for our playgroup.”

PLUS, register your setting with easyfundraising before August 18th & you could WIN a £100 to spend with Early Learning Centre.

Sign-up for free here.


Staff Training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Who pays the cost of on-going training in your setting?

Recognising the importance of having skilled and competent staff in your setting is one thing, knowing your obligations when it comes to budgeting for staff training and continuous professional development (CPD) is another.

The summer edition of smalltalk gives both employers and employees the points you need to consider.

smalltalk is available for all members of Early Years Wales to download for free. Visit our shop page here to download yours.


DBS checks

Did you know…

Early Years Wales members get a discounted rate for DBS checks with uCheck? uCheck’s online system makes filling out a DBS application form quick & convenient.

To find out more about signing up, contact us at Head Office: 02920 451242 /

In the meantime, check out these top tips from uCheck when it comes to making your DBS applications run more smoothly:


Quality for All (QfA)

Huge congratulations to…

At Play, Merthyr Tydfil; Little Angels FS Funstart, Cardiff; Busy Bees Blaenavon Day Nursery (Flying Start), Torfaen; Oaktree Playgroup, Swansea; Chuckles Nursery, Newport; Lullabyz Nursery, Newport; Little Seedlings Pg Flying Start, 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, please click here for further information.


Early Years Wales Vacancies

Early Years Wales are currently recruiting for the following vacancies:


Operations Manager

We are currently recruiting for an Operations Manager for our new and exciting Welsh Active Early Years Programme – funded through the Welsh Government’s Healthy and Active Fund.

This post will include overseeing the development and delivery of the project’s Active Together Wales Programmes and Play 2 Learn Plus Workshops.

For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.

Closing date for this role has now been extended to 31st July 2019.


Training Manager

We are currently recruiting for a Training Manager to be based in our head office in Cardiff.

This is an exciting new post of ours and the post holder will support the relaunch of our training department and manage its development as a successful, vital service to the Early Years workforce in Wales.

More information on this role can be found here.

Closing date: 26th July 2019


Full-time Receptionist/Administrator

We are currently looking for an Administrator/Receptionist for our Head Office in Cardiff.

The purpose of the role is to provide a professional, friendly, efficient and effective ‘front of house’ service at Head Office and an efficient and accurate administrative support service to all national and regional staff.

For more information, visit our jobs page here.

Closing date: 19th July 2019


Part-time Administrator

We are also looking to recruit a part-time administrator to work alongside the full-time receptionist/administrator, to provide a professional, friendly, efficient and effective ‘front of house’ service at Head Office and an efficient and accurate administrative support service to all national and regional staff.

More information on the post, including the working hours, please click here.

Closing date is also 19th July 2019

Other Vacancies

Our members have the following job vacancies within their setting…

Nursery Manager – Y Bont, Bridgend – Closing date: 25th July 2019


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 St Fagans National Museum of History who were crowned Art Fund’s Museum of the Year last week.

Founded in 1948, St Fagans is one of Wales’ most popular heritage attractions.

It was shortlisted for its exploration of Welsh culture and history, having undergone a £30 million redevelopment project.

More information here.

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