Your early years news, features and guides round up: 9th – 22nd March 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 Social Media Pages

First and foremost…

You may have noticed that the Wales PPA social media pages have now gone very quiet or are now completely covered in Early Years Wales posts…

This is because we have moved over and are posting on our new Early Years Wales social media platforms!

If you or your setting are on social media, give us a follow on our new pages. Don’t forget, we are also now on Instagram & Linkedin too!

Here are the details you need:

Facebook: Early Years Wales

Twitter: @EarlyWales

Instagram: earlyyearswales

Linkedin: Early Years Wales


Flying the Kite for the Early Years in Wales

Our name change reflects who we are and what we do, or as one of our Trustees put it, “we do exactly what it says on the tin!”

We hope you love our new look as much as we do. This change to Early Years Wales is just another milestone in our development as an organisation.

Take a look at our blog for the story behind the change…

Wales Pre-school Providers Association is now Early Years Wales


What is a brand?

Rebranding is an emotional and exhausting experience. We knew we were doing the right thing, but when an organisation like ours has such a rich heritage we wanted to honour this but in a contemporary way.

This is where our branding agency designdough come in. Read all about the rebrand process with designdough on our news page here…

What is a brand?


Early Years Wales Members Event and Awards Ceremony 2019

We are very excited to announce that our first ever Early Years Wales Awards Ceremony, will be taking place on the 8th May at the spectacular Ruthin Castle, Denbighshire.

The Early Years Wales Awards have been designed to bring to the forefront the passion and dedication our members bring to the childcare sector in Wales. We believe our members lead the way in setting the standard for everyone within our industry – this is your chance to be recognised and celebrated.

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to join us at the event for Afternoon Tea (to include travel for up to 2 people per setting).

Our winners will be chosen by a panel of expert judges that is representative of the organisations that make up the sector. The judges will have the knowledge and experience to assess each entry according to its objectives.

To book your place to attend, follow the link to our Eventbrite page here.

To nominate, or to be nominated, visit our website:



Spring has finally come upon us and your Spring edition of smalltalk will be with you very shortly, members!

Here is a taster of what’s included in this issue…

… & don’t forget, you can access a wide range of back copies of smalltalk on our website. Download and read these here.


Foundation Phase

National Foundation Phase Lead Practitioner Survey

This survey is being carried out by Cardiff University and is part of a wider PhD investigation which explores the ongoing implementation of the Foundation Phase.

The aim of the survey is to obtain a national picture of how the Foundation Phase is currently viewed and implemented in Wales. It elicits perceptions about implementing, managing and working within the Foundation Phase, perceived impacts on children and some of the challenges faced.

Please note that this is not an assessment of the setting and the survey does not collect any personal or setting-identifiable data. Responses are completely anonymous, are aggregated prior to analysis and will be stored securely at Cardiff University.

To ensure that participation is as easy and convenient as possible, the survey can be completed online. It is available in Welsh or English, can be completed on a PC, tablet or mobile phone and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The link to the survey can be found below:

National Foundation Phase Lead Practitioner Survey


Foundation Phase Nursery: A guide for parents and carers

A revised guide for parents and carers on the benefits of nursery education for 3 and 4 year olds in Wales is now available on the Welsh Government website.

The document can be downloaded here.



From 30 April, Hwb will undergo some significant developments which will enhance your experience of the site.

For a summary of the changes, visit the Hwb website here.


Additional National Professional Learning INSET days 2019 to 2022

Welsh Government are consulting on the amendment of regulations which would allow schools to close to pupils for an additional day per year for 3 years.

The proposed changes will:

  • provide additional INSET days for schools
  • increase the time available for teachers to undertake professional learning
  • support the introduction of the new curriculum

Consultation ends on 1st May 2019. Visit the Welsh Government website here for options on how you can respond.

We Care Wales

Wales needs around 20,000 more people to work in care by 2030.

On the website, you can find out more about the many opportunities to work with children and hear what it’s really like to work in care from those already doing the job.

Visit their website to find out more:

















CIW update

Care Inspectorate Wales have announced that the roll out of the Child Care & Play Online system will be Autumn 2019 instead of April 2019.

It is unknown of a date for this yet, but CIW will keep you involved in the development of the project & informed about progress:



By using easyfundraising, our official fundraising partner, settings like yours have already raised over £800,000 in FREE donations!

Get YOUR share of free funds with the UK’s leading online shopping fundraising website.


How do I register my setting?

  1. Sign-up: register your setting with easyfundraising & say how you want to receive your donations – by cheque or bank transfer
  2. Shop: ask setting staff & parents to use the easyfundraising website every time they want to shop online, there’s over 3,600 retailers to choose from such as ASOS, Argos, Topshop, Trainline, Just Eat & M&S…
  3. Raise: every time they shop, the retailer will send your setting FREE cashback!


Hundreds of settings are already using easyfundraising to raise free donations & yours can too!

Croco-doco-dile Playgroup in Powys have raised an amazing amount by using the site…

Whatever you’re raising for, whether it’s outdoor equipment or arts & crafts supplies – register & raise for FREE, the easyfundraising way:



WJEC and City & Guilds are holding free one day curriculum and assessment events for Levels 2 & 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development. These events will be running from 19 March – 5 April at various locations across Wales.

The day will incorporate workshop activities relating to the new qualifications and provide you with the opportunity to revisit the qualification content and structure.

Find out more information here.



Our members currently have the following vacancies…

Manager – Bluebells Playgroup, Chepstow

Vacancies – Magik Incorporated, Powys

Nursery Assistant – Playdays Childcare, Fishguard

Early Years Wales members enjoy free listing of any childcare related job vacancies on our website and through our social media channels.

To advertise, please send details of your vacancy to

…& finally

The Early Years Team have been very busy this week…

Charlotte Davies, our Communications and Marketing Coordinator, attended the Gofod3 held by WCVA at Cardiff City Stadium on 21st March. The Gofod3 event gives the opportunity to celebrate the third sector in Wales and get together with a diverse mix of people effecting change across the country. The common theme throughout the day was kindness & humanity and included inspirational talks from many different speakers. Take a look at our recent Twitter updates for an insight into Charlotte’s day.

Andrea Wright (South Wales Manager) and Carolyn Key (South Wales Support Coordinator) visited Cardiff and Vale College (Barry Campus) to talk with Level 2 CCLD students and lecturers about the wonderful work of Early Years Wales and our new Student membership category. The response from the talk was very rewarding and we look forward to continuing talks like this in the future.

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