Your early years news, features and guides round up: 30th – 13th July 2018

Here is our pick of the headlines affecting early years childcare in Wales from the past few weeks…


Food and Nutrition in Childcare Settings

Welsh Government are seeking feedback on the draft guidance to support healthy food and drink provision in regulated childcare settings.

This guidance updates the 2009 Welsh Government guidance and reflects current evidence. It is more comprehensive and includes practical support in the form of example menus and recipes to help settings provide nutritious, meals, snacks and drinks for the children in their care.

Please find the Consultation Document below along with some extra resources that you may wish to refer to when providing any feedback. You may also consider these resources useful for future reference, so please feel free to add these to your own Digital Bookcase (more information on this can be found in the Spring 2018 edition of smalltalk):

If you would like to provide feedback on the draft guidance, this is available to complete until the 17th September 2018. You can do this by either completing the feedback form on the Consultation Document and sending it to, or alternatively you can complete this online by clicking here.


Estyn and Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)

Estyn and Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) will soon jointly inspect non-maintained nursery settings.

By working together even more closely and sharing resources, there’ll be fewer inspection-related visits for non-maintained nursery settings. Estyn and CIW inspectors will work together to evaluate a setting, with Estyn leading on the quality and standards of education and CIW focusing on childcare.

For more information, please visit the Estyn website here.



You may have noticed across social media that #Playday2018 is approaching on Wednesday 1 August 2018 and it will also be their 31st Anniversary! To celebrate this, Playday have started posting 31 useful play ideas leading up to Playday!

Get in on the action by following their updates on the Playday Twitter page here.


Play Wales

Play Wales has launched new resources for playworkers and playwork trainers as part of Adult Learners Week celebrations, which includes a useful information sheet that explores the principles of reflective practice, how we reflect and why it’s so important for playworkers.

It also provides advice and ideas to encourage effective reflective practice, particularly when we’re finding it difficult.

You can find all these resources, including the information sheet, by clicking here.



Learn Welsh Level Checker

Do you work in a Childcare, Early Years or Playwork setting? Do you want to know which Welsh course is right for you?

Some of you will have already received your login details to use the Learn Welsh Level Checker, if you haven’t and you would like to take part, please contact for more information.




Early Years Tennis Training Programme

Did you attend one of our Early Years Tennis courses recently?

With Wimbledon now in full swing, have you got the bug and started to implement the training into your practice? If yes, we’d love to share this with all our members in the winter issue of smalltalk.

Please contact our Editor, Charlotte Davies by emailing for more information.




Job Vacancies

Our members currently have the following vacancies within their settings:

Clwb Bwthyn Bach, Flintshire – Person in Charge and Assistant Supervisor

Rhayader Under 5’s, Powys – Pre-school Leader


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

Congratulations to Pennar Flying Start Playgroup in Pembroke Dock. They are the lucky winners of our summer smalltalk Cosy competition!

If you missed out this time, keep a look out for the next #CosyComp that will be in the Autumn edition of smalltalk!

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