Your early years news, features and guides round up: 6th – 19th October 2018

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


Members Forums

Did you attend any of our Members Forums this week? We would love to hear your feedback if you did!

Remember to keep an eye on our What’s On page on our website for upcoming members events, which are a great opportunity for you, our members, to share ideas and network with other early years providers!

A link to our What’s On page can be found here.


Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland – ‘Relaxed Access Sessions’

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland will be offering dedicated ‘Relaxed Access Sessions’ this year, designed to welcome visitors who may benefit from a more informal experience, such as those with autism, sensory or communication needs and wheelchair users.

During these sessions, lighting will become static, sound levels will drop and the capacity of the ice rink will be decreased to allow those who may need extra support, to enjoy the facility.

For more information on this, including dates and times these sessions will be held, please follow the link here to the Cardiff Winter Wonderland website.



In case you missed it, it was #WorldMentalHealthDay last week and social media was full of useful information to help raise awareness on mental health.

In light of this, we thought we would re-share this useful link from the NHS website that focuses on the importance of having regular conversations with children to talk about their feelings, which includes useful tips on spotting signs of a child feeling unhappy or sad.

Play Wales also posted a useful information sheet that focuses on the importance of play for a child’s mental health and how it can have a positive effect on children’s brain development. Click here to read more about it.


Update on the recent disruption to the supply of Epipen®

Welsh Government have recently published a letter regarding the recent disruption to the supply of Epipen®.

Follow the links below to access the full letter, which are available in both English and Welsh:

Letter with update on use of Epipens in schools – October 2018 (Cymraeg)

Letter with update on use of Epipens in schools – October 2018



It was Shwmae Su’mae day this week – a day to celebrate the Welsh Language!

Shwmae Su’mae day was introduced on the 15th October 2013 and it’s aim is to promote the idea of starting every conversation with a shwmae, su’mae or shwdi!

Various events took place across Wales to celebrate Shwmae Su’mae day – did you attend any? Let us know what you got up to and how you celebrated…


Play Wales

The Qualification Development Steering Group is seeking feedback on the draft units for the new Agored Cymru Playwork: Principles into Practice Qualifications (P3) at level 2 and 3.

The draft units have been developed based on consultation with current tutors and learners, PETC Wales and Awarding Bodies.

Please find links to the consultations through the Play Wales website here. The closing date to provide feedback is 26th October 2018.


Job Vacancies

Our members have the following vacancies within their setting:

Qualified Nursery Assistant – Llandaff City Busy Bees, Cardiff

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

Head over to our Foundation Phase page where we’ve linked to the latest Estyn Inspection Report.

We’ve even extracted the information you need to know – highlighting an outcomes summary between 2010 – 2017 for the non-maintained sector.. making it an easier read!

Follow the link here for more.

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