Your early years news, features and guides round up: 7th – 27th September 2019

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


Bringing a fresh perspective to Early Childhood Education and Care Seminar 

A huge thank you to all those that attended our seminar on the 17th September ‘Bringing a fresh perspective to Early Childhood Education and Care’ @ The Angel Hotel in Cardiff.

This uplifting event was organised as part of a 4 Nations Tour organised in conjunction with colleagues from Early Childhood Ireland, Early Years Scotland, Early Years (Northern Ireland).

Inspiring speakers from San Miniato in Italy, Aldo Fortunati and Barbara Pagni advocated giving children Trust, Opportunity and Time to allow them to thrive. As part of their presentations, they showed powerful images of capable and competent children demonstrating empathy, kindness and independence.

Chuckles Day Nursery (Newport) and Little Tigers Daycare (Monmouthshire) showed how they work with parents and the wider communities to enhance learning opportunities for children and families, while Lucie Griffiths introduced Welsh Government’s ambition for our youngest children to have the best start in life and reach their full potential.

Keep a look out on our Events page here for what’s coming up in the next few months.


Foundation Phase Excellence Network Event

…on the topic of events, our Foundation Phase Excellence Network Event is B A C K!

At our Powys FPEN event in Cefn Lea on the 24th October 2019, it will involve a day of exploration into the Foundation Phase Excellence Network & how Hwb can be used to promote/share ideas, opportunities to attend inspiring workshops and Dawn Jones from University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be sharing information on how the #CurriculumforWales 2022 can be embedded into Early Years Education.

Book your tickets over at our Eventbrite here.

WeCare Wales

It was WeCare Wales Week recently (9th-15th Sept)

WeCare Wales is a major bilingual, multi-media campaign developed by Social Care Wales in collaboration with a wide range of national and local organisations involved in different aspects of social care, early years and childcare.

Over the next few years, it aims to raise awareness and understanding of social care, early years and childcare and attract more people with the right skills and values to work in caring roles with children and adults.

Wales needs around 20,000 more people to work in care by 2030. The WeCare website enables you to find out more about the many opportunities to work with adults and children and hear what it’s really like to work in care from those already doing the job.

Explore more here.


Pori Drwy Stori

The Pori Drwy Stori Nursery 2020 programme is delivered by Booktrust Cymru and funded by Welsh Government and is designed for children aged 3-4 in the two terms before they enter Reception. It focuses on supporting oracy skills, supporting parents/ carers to be active partners in their children’s learning and supporting schools to develop positive home-school links.

Nurseries taking part will receive two free sets of bilingual resources for every eligible child, one focusing on sharing rhymes and one focusing on sharing and enjoying books. Resources will be delivered to schools in December 2019 for use in the spring and summer terms.

This programme for 3-4 year olds builds on BookTrust Cymru’s established Pori Drwy Stori programme, which is delivered free to every school in Wales.

For more information, click here. Spaces are limited to a first come, first served basis, so sign up ASAP.

CLOSING DATE: 11th October 2019

Follow link here to sign up.


…& for your future information, Carly Gray from Booktrust Cymru will be running a workshop at our Foundation Phase Networking Event (FPEN) in Bridgend on the 5th March 2020.

Keep a look out for more details on this event in the next couple of months.


Playday 2019

We cannot believe it has been almost 2 months since Playday celebrations took place – Early Years Wales had a great time celebrating!

On 7th August, some of our North Wales team were in Colwyn Bay for the Conwy Playday. They had a brilliant day decorating kites with children of all ages. The next day, they attended the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst with Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

Donna Thomas in Swansea attended a successful morning at the waterfront – cutting, gluing and sticking with children and their families.

More info on this in our latest edition of smalltalk. Download for free here members!


While Cardiff celebrated by visiting Darling Buds Nursery in Cardiff and enjoyed a morning of making and flying bird shaped kites.

Feeling inspired? Why not run your own kite making workshop at your setting?

Click here for our very own guidance notes to get you started.


The Early Learning Communities Toolkit

The Early Learning Communities Toolkit has been created by Save the Children and associates to enable partnerships in Early Learning Communities to improve early learning outcomes for children growing up in poverty across their area, and support partnerships to develop and implement a strategy.

Take a look at this useful toolkit here.


Childcare Grant

On 30th September, Welsh Government & Business Wales will launch a Childcare Grant to facilitate the creation of additional flexible childcare places throughout Wales.

There are two separate Grants under the scheme being made available to help increase childcare places:

– Childcare Start-up Grant
– New Employee Grant

In order to apply, applicants must:

  • register with Business Wales
  • be registered with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) at the point of Grant payment
  • be able to demonstrate that the funding will help contribute to increasing the number of flexible childcare places

For more information, please visit our news page here. Applications open on Monday 30th September 2019.

Further information can be found on the Business Wales website here.


Implementation of the Additional Learning Needs system

The Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, has recently published a statement setting out changes to how and when the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) system is to be implemented.

Read the full statement on the Welsh Government website here.


Public Health Wales Research Project

Public Health Wales are undertaking a research project which will be looking to identify key areas which effect the health and well-being outcomes of children aged from 0 (during pregnancy) to 7 years.

They are specifically looking for knowledge gaps regarding optimal outcomes for this age group.

Your participation in this survey would be gratefully appreciated. The survey is available through the below links:

• English: –
• Cymraeg: –



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Early Years Wales are currently recruiting for the following vacancies…

Chief Executive Officer 

The Chief Executive Officer of Early Years Wales is retiring from the organisation in February 2020 and the Board of Trustees are seeking an inspiring individual who can take forward the charity’s strategic plan for growth and expansion of services.

Closing Date: 9:00 am 14th October 2019

For further information please contact: Fiona Sinclair, HR Consultant, Darwin Gray:



Central Support Development Worker (Swansea)

Early Years Wales are currently looking for a Development Worker Central Support (fixed term contract until March 2021 possible extension depending on funding) to act as a key member of the Central Support team to develop and support quality childcare, education and play providers.

Closing date: 11th October 2019

More information and details on how to apply can be found on our Jobs page here.



Members Forums

We have got a few Members Forums coming up! Have a look at what’s in store…

Caerphilly | Tuesday 1st October 2019

Neath Port Talbot | Thursday 10th October 2019

Carmarthen | Thursday 17th October 2019

…& finally

The National Centre for Learning Welsh have recently released an extra date in Cardiff for their Camau Entry Level 1 course.

Visit our Welsh Language Support page in the Our Work section of our website here for more information.


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