Your early years news, features and guides round up: 5th – 18th May 2018

Can you believe we are already half way through May?! Is it just us or do you feel like we may have skipped a couple of months in 2018?!

We won’t keep you for long, so here are some recent updates you may be interested in…



With just one week until the GDPR deadline, it is important for settings to use this time to prepare and make sure they are compliant with the new regulations. Don’t ignore it, as it applies to all businesses no matter how big or small.

We have added a new dedicated webpage to our website, which is regularly updated with useful links and resources, which should answer any queries you have surrounding GDPR.

Our GDPR webpage can be found here.


We have also started adding dates for our Members Forums, where you will be able to have any GDPR related queries answered. See flyers below for events we have coming up:

Members Forum – Vale of Glamorgan (05.06.18)

Members Forum – Caerphilly (12.06.18)


Quality for All (QfA)

Many congratulations to Wriggles and Giggles Nursery, Torfaen; Gibbonsdown Children’s Centre Ltd, The Vale of Glamorgan; Sunray Day Nursery, Flintshire; Templetots Playgroup, Pembrokeshire; Llwynhendy Early Years Flying Start, Carmarthenshire; Woodville Road Playgroup, Cardiff; Childsplay Nursery, Carmarthenshire who have all completed and passed their Quality for All assessment over the last couple of months – we are proud of your achievements!

Interested in taking part in the QfA scheme? Visit our QfA webpage for more information and details on how to apply.

Interested in becoming a Quality for All Assessor?

Wales PPA are currently recruiting for Freelance Quality for All Assessor’s to assess childcare providers on their high-quality standards, enabling them to achieve Wales PPA’s quality assurance scheme, Quality for All, (QfA).

If you are interested in applying, take a look at the full job description here. Closing date is Monday 21st May.



This is an exciting time to be working in the Early Years sector in Wales: the 30 hours childcare offer; the Childcare, Play and Early Years workforce plan, which aims to develop a highly skilled workforce and ensure childcare is seen as a more valued profession; the Foundation Phase Excellence Network & Cymraeg 2050 to name but a few. Wales PPA is here to support, guide and represent our members through all these developments and aims to give every child across Wales the best possible start in life. 

If you are an existing member and your membership lapsed at the end of March, this is a polite reminder to let you know that the renewal window closes at the end of this month. After which time we can no longer retain your details & you will need to re-apply for a new membership. If you wish to continue to receive our support, guidance and representation – please visit: to renew. 

If you have any queries or questions at all, please contact our national support line on 02920 451242 or email us at 



Did you know we have recently updated our Registers?

Our Attendance Registers are an essential tool for keeping precise records of attendance at your setting.

This bilingual publication as a high visibility cover and provides space to register up to 48 children and 10 staff, for 52 weeks of the year. Its format is designed with shorter pages, eliminating any need for folding to align with names.

It allows for plenty of other useful information to be kept including: term dates, emergency contact details and children’s details.

Our Attendance Register features a sample of ‘Child’s Signing in and Out Sheet’; to be completed by the person dropping off and collecting the child, which supports your safeguarding procedures. The sheet has been designed to be easily photocopied & purchasers will now also receive access to a downloadable version sent via email.

To take a look at our new Attendance Register and all of our available publications, please visit our shop page here.


Foundation Phase Excellence Events

ICYMI – Wales PPA are holding several Foundation Phase Excellence Events in Powys, Wrexham and Conwy next week…

Our packed programme of carefully selected guest speakers and workshops will enable you to explore the newly launched Foundation Phase Excellence Network zone (FPEN) on Hwb and will also be the perfect opportunity for you to network with others and develop new partnerships!

Dates, locations and times of these can be found on our Facebook page, under ‘Events’. To request a booking form, please contact us on 02920 451242 or email us at


Job Vacancies

Wales PPA are currently recruiting for a Development Worker to set up, develop and support quality pre-school childcare, education and play provision and provide support to childminders across Merthyr Tydfil.

For the full job description and details on how to apply, please click here. Closing date is Friday 25th May.


Our members also have the following vacancies within their setting:

Temporary Nursery Assistant – Swn Y Don Playgroup (Conwy)

Our partnership with easyfundraising means our settings collect free donations from over 3,300 big name retailers whenever staff and parents shop online. Sign up and use easyfundraising before June 30th and you could win £100 for your setting to spend at Hobbycraft!

Already registered with easyfundraising? Simply collect a donation in June and your setting will be in the draw too!

Find out more about easyfundraising and register your setting at



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