Your early years news, features and guides round up: 8th – 21st February 2020

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 2020

Nominations for our second Early Years Wales Awards are now OPEN!

This year’s awards ceremony will be taking place at The Hilton Hotel, Cardiff on 12th June 2020 in the evening and we will be revealing the name of our guest speaker soon so get ready and join us for a celebration!

We will be awarding excellence in five categories:

🏡 Early Years Wales Setting of the Year
📐 Early Years Wales Innovator of the Year
🎨 Early Years Wales Practitioner of the Year
 Early Years Wales Volunteer of the Year
📚 Early Years Wales Learner of the Year

DEADLINE for nominations: 5pm on 1st March 2020

Get nominating here.


Foundation Phase Excellence Network Events

Huge thank you to all attendees who attended our Foundation Phase Excellence Network Event in St Asaph last week – we hope you enjoyed and found the day useful and inspiring.

We have still got limited spaces available on our Bridgend FPEN event on 5th March 2020. 

Check out what’s on the agenda below…

Book your place on our Eventbrite page here.


Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)

Please note: paper applications for childcare and play providers will only be accepted until Friday 28th February 2020.

If you’ve already started to complete a paper application, it is worth considering restarting this on CIW Online.

Before you start the registration process, you should however contact your relevant childcare organisation:

  • Early Years Wales
  • Pacey Cymru
  • NDNA – National Day Nurseries Association
  • Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs
  • Mudiad Meithrin

For information on how to submit your registration online, click here.


Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales have published useful information on their website regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, which will be updated every day at 3pm.

This information includes advice on how you can protect yourselves and others during this period. The PHW website also provides useful links to further advice from the Welsh and UK Governments and frequently asked questions.

Advice can be found here.



The 5 Big Questions

Image may contain: 2 peopleToday is the last day to have your say in The Duchess of Cambidge’s landmark survey #5BigQuestions!

Make sure you have your say to shape a positive, lasting future for generations to come.

Link to survey:



Welsh Active Early Years

Introducing… the new social media pages for our Welsh Active Early Years project!




Follow us for updates on…

 Active Together Wales – the new 4-week multi skills movement & play based activity programme for adults & children at community-based venues and outdoor spaces in 12 communities across Wales

 Active Baby and You – the new physical literacy programme for 0-3 year olds to be delivered as part of the existing Play to Learn training to Early Years, Childcare, Playwork and Gymnastics practitioners.



Active Baby and You Workshops

TWO extra FREE Play to Learn – Active Baby and You workshops just announced

📍 Cardiff – 14/03/2020
📍 Carmarthen – 28/03/2020

As part of the new Welsh Active Early Years programme, this training approach will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to cascade activities and health and well-being messages to the children in your care. It will also provide you with information to support parents through 4-week multi-skills play based approach.

For more information or to book your place, visit our Events page here.




Settings are already receiving free funds!

Does your setting have an easyfundraising account yet? easyfundraising is a simple and straightforward way you can raise funding to help with those extra costs and you don’t have to be a charity to use it. On average, Early Years Wales settings can raise £269 in FREE cashback with easyfundraising!

It takes a couple of minutes to register your setting for free and every time your parents, staff and supporters use the easyfundraising website or App to shop online with 4,000 shops and sites including Amazon, eBay, M&S, Argos, Tesco, Domino’s & H&M, the retailer they shop with sends your setting a FREE donation, at no extra cost to anyone!

Make sure your setting is benefiting and get fundraising today!




Don’t forget members, as part of your Early Years Wales Membership, we will advertise any vacancy you have in your setting on our website & social media pages for FREE!

Just one of the many perks of being a member with us!

Email with your vacancy, and we will take care of the rest.


…& finally

book trust-1BookTrust Cymru’s mission is to get every child in Wales reading for pleasure.

Check out their new post on the Curriculum for Wales blog, where they discover literacy and numeracy links in the Area of Learning and Experience’s – including Languages, Literacy and Communication & Health and Wellbeing.

Also featured on this blog, includes ‘training tips’ for making reading for pleasure core to the Curriculum for Wales.

Click the link here to read more.


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