Your early years news, features and guides round up: 8th – 31st May 2017

Here is our pick of the headlines affecting early years childcare in Wales from the past few weeks.


This fantastic set of infographics has been published by Welsh Government to explain the pedagogical principles that make up the Foundation Phase

For more information on this set of principles, you can access the Foundation Phase Action Plan here

The Foundation Phase encourages children to be creative and imaginative, making learning more enjoyable and effective. Welsh Government announced on 18 May that £1 million is to be invested to to develop a Foundation Phase Excellence Network which will develop the skills of staff who teach the curriculum for all 3 to 7 year olds


It is important you, as early years childcare providers have your say in the #AdditionalLearningNeeds consultation. The current system is based on a model introduced more than 30 years ago and is no longer fit for purpose and for the first time our sector is going to be included.

The consultation closes on the 9 June.

Data Protection

On 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force and this will have an impact on the way that fundraising operates.

It’s important that your organisation plans ahead for the changes to ensure that it exhibits good GDPR compliance. This means taking action now to ensure your organisation remains fine and is not fined for lack of compliance.

Download this free 5-step plan to become GDPR complaint. You will need to register your details to do so.

SASS part two

With SASS part two due to launch any time now don’t forget to keep an eye on our webpage for up-to-date info or see page 5 of smalltalk




Health & Wellbeing

WalesOnline published some useful guidelines if you suspect your child has chickenpox



Dealing with your child’s tantrums and challenging behaviour is one of the most stressful parts of being a parent.

Doris Crossman, an award-winning parenting officer who works on the Welsh Government’s Flying Start programme, shares her tips on encouraging good behaviour.



Smoking has finally been banned in school grounds, public playgrounds, and the outdoor areas of registered childcare settings.

Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans said: “This is a landmark day for public health in Wales. The Public Health (Wales) Bill is a radical piece of legislation which will improve and protect the health and wellbeing of the nation.



Cwlwm News

Arad Research was commissioned by the Cwlwm partners to undertake a review of the development and effectiveness of the partnership working of Cwlwm. The attached report presents the findings of the review and includes key lessons and recommendations for Cwlwm and stakeholders, such as the Welsh Government and local authorities.

Wales PPA events

Tickets are going fast to our 30th Birthday Celebration Event at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday 6th July.

If you haven’t reserved your space yet please call Julie Besley on 029 2045 1242





Jobs & training

Did you know? Wales PPA members enjoy free listing of childcare related job vacancies on our website and through our social media channels. To advertise please send a copy of your ad/job description to Please visit for guidance

For an up to date list of early years and childcare qualifications make sure you visit the Social Care Wales website.

The List of Required Qualifications for Early Years and Childcare in Wales helps those who work in the sector, want to employ somebody in the sector or anybody else who may need to know about early years and childcare qualifications, understand what qualifications they will need to work in the early years and childcare sector in Wales.

…& finally

Congratulations to Health Matters Education (aka Busy Feet). They have written and sing the official National Smile Month 2017 songs – ‘Brush twice a day’ and ‘If all my teeth could talk’








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