Your early years news, features and guides round up: 8th – 21st September 2018

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



Cwlwm are working closely with Care Inspectorate Wales to gather evidence on the implementation of ratings for childcare and play settings. They are looking for settings who have received a rating from CIW at their latest inspection (whether a silent/unpublished rating or a published rating) to complete this short four question survey.

Visit the Cwlwm website here to access it. The closing date for this survey is the 19th October.

and in case you missed it…

CIW have recently announced that childcare and play providers are NOT required to completed their SASS for 2018-19. It is still required however to ensure your Quality of Care Review is up to date.

To keep up to date with SASS and CIW news, make sure you follow our dedicated webpage on our website here.


Foundation Phase

Wales PPA currently support 245 Foundation Phase nursery providers across Wales.

Our Foundation Phase Development Officer is funded by Welsh Government to identify and share good practice with Foundation Phase nursery providers to consistently develop good and effective practice across all settings for the Foundation Phase to reach its full potential.

For information on how we can support you and your setting, visit our dedicated webpage on the Foundation Phase by clicking here.

Staying on theme with the Foundation Phase…

New guidance was published last week for the Foundation Phase provision for three and four-year-olds. This is available in both English and Welsh, and can also be found on the Foundaton Phase webpage here, along with any other resources you may consider useful.



Baby bundle idea for newborns and tackling poverty backed

Plans to give new parents a free goody box of essential items will be considered if Mark Drakeford becomes Wales’ next first minister.

Baby bundles, similar to those launched across Scotland in 2017, would contain things such as clothes and blankets, presented in a Moses basket.

He said it was a “great proposal” that would help tackle child poverty, and if he becomes first minister, would want the government to fund them – costing between £100 and £150 each.

Read more about it here.

When a child won’t see one parent

For the first time this will consider the possibility a child has been deliberately turned against one parent, by the other.

Parental alienation, as it’s called, will be just one of the options a social worker might consider.

For the full article, click here.


WIN a £50 donation for your setting & hit your #FundraisingGoals with easyfundraising!

We want every setting to smash their #FundraisingGoals, which is why we’ve partnered with easyfundraising! When parents and staff use the easyfundraising website to shop online with over 3,300 online retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Tesco, JUSTEAT & trainline, they raise a free donation for your setting at no extra cost, to help towards education essentials & setting costs.

PLUS, if you register OR raise a donation before the 19th October you could WIN a £50 bonus donation. That’s a big fundraising BOOST you don’t want to miss. It only takes a few minutes to sign-up.

We know that life inside and outside of a setting can be hectic, which is why easyfundraising way is the perfect match for you & your supporters. It doesn’t cost anyone anything extra & it’s so easy to raise FREE donations, simply through every day online shopping! The easyfundraising way can help your setting raise enough funds to purchase everything from new playground equipment to classroom tech, to help make a life-changing difference for every child in your care!

Don’t forget you could also be a WINNER with the easyfundraising competition, simply register your setting to enter the competition. Already registered? Then raise a donation before the 19th October and you’ll be entered in to the draw. Good luck!


Job Vacancies

Wales PPA are currently recruiting for Freelance Quality for All (QfA) assessors in both North and West Wales.

The purpose of the role is to assess childcare providers on their high-quality standards, enabling them to achieve Wales PPA’s quality assurance scheme, Quality for All, (QfA).

For more information on this post and details on how to apply, visit our jobs page here. Closing date for this post is Tuesday 25th September.


Our members also have the following vacancies within their setting:

Tiny Tots, Rumney, Cardiff – Playgroup Assistant (part time)

Nursery School Leader – Shining Stars Nursery School, Cardiff

Deputy Manager – Maldwyn Nursery & Family Centre, Newtown

Brookfield Day Nursery, Berriew, Powys – Nursery Assistants

Supervisor and Playworker/Assistant – Bloomfield After School and Holiday Club, Pembrokeshire

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

Wales PPA members can opt in to have their setting details featured on our website.. just one of the many benefits of being a member with us!

If you haven’t opted in and would like to, simply drop us an email at with your details and we will let you know once it is posted!

We can also publish a photo of your premises or your logo… please attach a hi-res jpeg to your email.

Visit our Search for Childcare page on our website by clicking here.


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