Your early years news, features and guides round up: 3rd – 16th November 2018

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



WIN a £100 Argos voucher for your setting with easyfundraising!

Don’t forget, you could still be in with a chance of winning a £100 Argos voucher for your setting, if signed up to easyfundraising!

It’s simple, ask parents, staff & setting supporters to help you raise as many free donations as possible through easyfundraising with over 3,300 online retailers such Argos, Amazon, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis & eBay. If you’re the biggest raiser between November 5th & December 16th, your setting will WIN a £100 Argos voucher, easy!

To start raising free donations for your setting & to be in with a chance of winning a £100 Argos voucher, join the easyfundraising community & start your fundraising journey. Click the button below to register your setting.



Past and present editions of smalltalk are now available on our website to download… & what’s more it’s FREE for members!

Check out our revamped shop page to see what else we’ve been up to by clicking here.

Members! To access your free downloads of smalltalk and your entitled membership discount for publications, make sure you are logged into your online account on our website. If you are unsure of your account details, please feel free to give us a call and we can guide you through the process!



Beat Flu

Beat Flu is a public health campaign in Wales run by Public Health Wales, and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of annual flu vaccination.

Annual flu vaccination is the single best way to protect against catching and spreading flu. Beat Flu’s most recent update focuses on the importance of flu vaccinations for children in particular.

Often children who get flu can feel very unwell and need a few days in bed, and for some it can cause serious illness. Complications include bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections. Some children become so unwell they need to be admitted to hospital.

Children are also ‘superspreaders’ of flu, like other infectious illnesses. Annual flu vaccination not only protects them from catching flu it also reduces the risk of them passing it on.

To read more, take a look at the full letter here. This also includes a downloadable useful toolkit on how you can help support the Beat Flu team to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of flu vaccinations.


Welsh Government

Earlier this week, it was announced by Kirsty Williams, the Education Secretary for Wales, that there will be a big investment available in support for teachers.

The National Approach to Professional Learning (NAPL) will aim to help provide teachers the time and resources they need to plan ahead for Wales’ new curriculum.

Under the NAPL, Professional Learning will be an entitlement for all practitioners in schools, not just teachers.

Schools will also be encouraged to create, share and exploit learning opportunities with other schools and organisations as they work together in clusters.

For the Education Secretary’s full statement, please visit the Welsh Government website here.


Linking to the new curriculum for Wales…

Welsh Government have recently created an animation that looks at how Wales’ new curriculum and assessment arrangements are being built on progression, in line with ‘Successful Futures’.

Each Area of Learning and Experience will include progression steps, making learning and progression go together hand in hand.

Check out this useful animation created by Welsh Government here.


Anti Bullying Week (12th -16th Nov)

This week has been Anti Bullying Week and social media have been full of useful information to spread awareness of the damaging effects bullying can cause.

Useful guidance and support is available on the Welsh Government website to help schools and local authorities tackle bullying. These can be found here.



Interested in being part of the Early Years Wales team?

We are currently recruiting for a Finance Assistant for our Head Office in Cardiff.

If you are looking to develop your career in this particular area of work, please visit our website here for the full job description and details on how to apply.

The closing date for this vacancy is Tuesday 27th November 2018.


Our members also have the following vacancies within their setting…

Sessional Playworker – Y Bont, Bridgend

Job Opportunities – Little Inspirations Day Nursery

1:1 Support Worker – Rhayader Under 5’s


Members! Don’t forget we will post your job vacancy on our website and social media pages for FREE! Just email over your job advert or use our template here and we will take care of the rest!


…& finally

Join in on all of the action of #BigWelshRhymeTime with BookTrust Cymru between 26–30 November to celebrate the many benefits of rhymes and songs for children and their development!

Find out how you can join in and sign up for your FREE certificates and stickers by visiting the BookTrust website here.

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