Your early years news, features and guides round up: 5th – 19th April 2019

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


Early Years Wales Awards

Nominations have now closed for our first ever Early Years Wales Awards taking place in Ruthin Castle, Denbighshire on Wednesday 8th May – a huge thank you to those who have got involved & sent nominations in!

There are still spaces available to attend this free event, where our special guest speaker, Lynne Williams of TLC Training Company, will be inspiring members with her insight into Communication in the Early Years.

Head over to our Eventbrite page here to book your place.



Did you know…

Our smalltalk magazine has officially increased to 28-pages, starting with our most recent Spring 2019 edition!

This is now available on our website for Early Years Wales members to download and read for FREE!

Find this & a full back catalogue of previous smalltalk‘s, going all the way back to Winter 2012, available for download on our Shop page here:

Shop now!



& don’t forget members…

In order to receive your entitled discount on our publications, Quality for All (QfA) scheme or to download back copies of our smalltalk for free, you will need to be logged into your account on our website.

If you can’t remember your details or have never logged in, please follow our simple guide on our website to help get you started…


Student Talks

Calling all colleges and universities based in Wales…

If you are a student or a lecturer in either of the above, and would like Early Years Wales to come and chat with you and your classmates about the work we do in the early years & childcare sector, we would love to hear from you!

Email us to get in touch & see how we can support you:


Search for Childcare

Here at Early Years Wales, we know too well that finding a childcare setting for your little one can be a lengthy, and sometimes difficult task…

Our Search for Childcare function on our website lets you find childcare settings within your local authority – these include Parent & Toddler Groups, Playgroups, Day Nurseries, Out of School Clubs, Creches & Childminders!

Pop in your postcode and get started:

Search for Childcare


The Childcare Offer for Wales – Spring Information Exchanges

Welsh Government invites you to join one of the Spring 2019 Regional Information Exchanges taking place this May across different locations around Wales

Take the opportunity to:

-update on the implementation and roll out of the Childcare Offer

-gain an insight into the implementation experiences from a local authority perspective

-listen to a ‘real time’ provider case study

-join a discussion on your top 5 implementation challenges

-engage with a Q and A session

To see where your closest session is, visit our Events page here.


Just because the Easter break is here, it doesn’t mean your setting has to stop raising with easyfundraising! In fact it’s a great time to BOOST funds as parents/supporters will be buying lots of Easter essentials online.

From chocolate eggs to bank holiday breaks, receive funds for your setting when supporters’ shop via the easyfundraising website with over 3,600 sites such as Hotel Chocolat, Thornton’s, M&S The Works, Hobbycraft, &

Download your free Easter shopping list and find out how your setting could receive up to £45 in cashback for each supporter & over £200 when 5 supporters shop with easyfundraising!

PLUS, find out which retailers are offering increased donations during Easter! Register your setting here.



The aim of the WeCareWales campaign is to attract more people into working in care, which includes early years and childcare roles, as Wales will need around 20,000 more in the sector by 2030.


To hear from the people who are already involved in the sector & what it is really like to work in care, visit the We CareWales website here for real stories from real people.

Do you work with young children? WeCareWales would love to hear why you chose to work with children and why others should consider it. Let them know by using the hashtag:



Social Care Wales

Social Care Wales have launched an online resource to support the practice of residential child care workers that gives them access to essential information, case studies, data and research.

Follow the link here for more information.

To help Social Care Wales develop the resource to meet your needs, provide feedback in their quick four-question survey here.




In case you missed it, Hwb is changing from 30 April 2019 and will now become the new home for the new draft curriculum for Wales.

Take a look at the latest previews of the new look for Hwb here.

For a summary of all the changes, follow the link here.


on the subject of Hwb…

Do you currently deliver the Foundation Phase in a flexible and innovative way in collaboration with a childcare provider? If so, Welsh Government are keen to hear from you!

If you would like to share your effective practice, please contact the Welsh Government Foundation Phase team to request a case study template:

Take a look at some case studies on the FPEN zone here: Case Studies



Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill

The National Assembly for Wales’s Children, Young People and Education Committee have launched a consultation on the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill.

The purpose of the Bill is to abolish the common law defence of reasonable punishment so it is no longer available in Wales to parents or those acting in loco parentis as a defence to assault or battery against a child.

Provide your views here.

Closing date for consultation is 17:00 on Tuesday 14 May 2019.


We are currently recruiting for a temporary Foundation Phase Officer position to cover maternity leave.

The purpose of the role is to provide expert support to members delivering the Foundation Phase in the non-maintained early years sector, through a programme of face-to-face visits, email support and signposting to local resources.

For the full job description & details on how to apply, visit our website here.



Are you currently recruiting in your setting?

If you are an Early Years Wales member, we will advertise any vacancy you have on our website & social media pages for FREE – just one of the many benefits of being a member with us!

Visit our Jobs page here for more information & to download our free job ad template.



Competition Time!

FYI – our smalltalk competition is still open!

For your chance to win a bundle of sensory toys and equipment (worth over £150) that can be enjoyed by the whole setting, visit page 26 of our Spring edition for all the deets!

Entries will be chosen at random and must be received by 11th May 2019.

G o o d  l u c k !


…& finally

The nursery where there are no toys…

A nursery in Bristol have gone ‘back to basics’ and have replaced toys/games with cardboard boxes as part of an experiment.

Staff say that the experiment has stimulated creativity among the children, improved their communication and decluttered the rooms. They are now calling for the ‘amazing’ month-long trial, which is coming to an end, to be made permanent.

Read more on this story on the Daily Mail website here.


…& this nursery is not the only one to use recycled materials as a key part of their play! Going back to our Summer edition of smalltalk in 2018, you may remember an article with Early Years Wales members’ School Lane Children’s Centre in Powys, who had always wanted to create an Early Years setting that encourages child-led and open-ended play through the use of recycled, natural and everyday items.

See how they use these materials within their setting by downloading the ‘Summer 2018’ edition of smalltalk through our online shop here.

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