smalltalk – spring 2013

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smalltalk…supporting the early years sector in Wales for over 30-years.

Published quarterly since spring 1986 and mailed free of charge to all Wales PPA members, smalltalk is the must-read title for early years education and childcare providers in Wales.

Our 24-page, full colour magazine is packed full of articles to inspire you to embed and inform high-quality practice, whilst continuing to run a successful business.

Spring is here, the days are brighter and outside play is arguably more fun. To make the most of this we’re offering a great prize in this edition’s competition, but more on that later.

This issue we have an interesting variety of regular articles and new features. In the news section Michele Brookwell takes a look at Baby Gym in Bangor, Hannah Piontecki provides details of Parents’ Week at Puddleducks and we celebrate Meithrinfa Babinogion being the first nursery in north Wales to achieve our quality assurance award, Quality for All (QfA). For Foundation Phase: Talking Point Sharman Morgan observes the value of pretend play. Our main feature this quarter comes via Mike Greenway at Play Wales who reports on Wales being the first country in the world to legislate for play. Other feature articles include Del Mawdsley and Ann Lyn Robinson from the DHSSC asking if you know enough about children’s rights and CSSIW’s Cerys Gage highlights changes to their inspection process.

HM Revenue & Customs is implementing a new reporting requirement for employers, but do you know how this may affect your setting? Payroll director Richard Davies is on hand to provide information. Dr Aideen Naughton examines the important issue of infant mental health and Peninsula consultant Nick Badman delves into the HSE’s Fee for Intervention scheme. Finally, for our spring competition we have two fantastically fun outdoor teepees to give away to lucky members. Turn to page 13 for details on how to enter.

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