Your early years news, features and guides round up: 12th – 25th January 2019

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


Early Years Wales Events

Early Years Wales Members Event

We will be holding a Members Event on the 21st February 2019 and we welcome all Early Years Wales members to join us!

This event will be our first national event since changing our name to Early Years Wales. We hope that you will be able to join us at this exciting time in the organisation’s development.

For the full Save the Date, please follow the link to our website by clicking here. If you are a Early Years Wales member and have not received your email invitation for this event, please contact us at



Foundation Phase Excellence Network Events

We will be holding several Foundation Phase Excellence Network Events in February this year that will aim to bring together Early Years practitioners to share best practice on the Foundation Phase and improve opportunities to work collaboratively between settings, schools and advisory teachers.

Please note – these events are only open to:

-Early Years Wales Members

-Primary Schools in Wales

-Advisory Teachers in Wales

Please find our Save the Date for these events on our events page here. If you are a Early Years Wales member and have not yet received an email invitation for these events, please contact us at


Members Forum – Narberth, Pembrokshire

We will be holding our first Members Forum of 2019 on Tuesday 12th February 2019 in The Queens Hall in Narbeth, Pembrokeshire.

This event will involve discussion on the Practitioners’ Consultation on the draft Additional Learning Needs Code.

For the full flyer, please click here.



The Welsh Government and Cwlwm wish to gather the views of childcare and play providers on the National Minimum Standards.

By completing a short online questionnaire, you can help to improve the support we provide to the sector and inform future policy decisions.

The survey can be found through this link here: Go to survey

If you have any questions, the Welsh Government’s Talk Childcare team or Cwlwm would be happy to help. Email or alternatively contact Cwlwm on 01970 639639.


Education News

Foundation Phase for 3 year olds and the Childcare Offer – A pilot with Flintshire to align funding

The Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, alongside Julie Morgan AM, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services have announced the intention of running a pilot project, in partnership with Flintshire County Council, to test the impact of a consistent funding rate for early education and childcare.

The pilot will run for the Foundation Phase for 3 year olds in the spring and summer term 2019. An evaluation will be undertaken whilst the pilot is underway and they expect a report on the findings in winter 2019.

The full statement can be found on the Welsh Government website here.


Learners to experience new languages at an earlier age

It has also been recently announced by Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education in Wales, that children will start learning different languages in primary school as part of Wales’ new curriculum.

In the new curriculum, Modern Foreign Languages would be included within International Languages. This would also include community languages, classical languages and British Sign Language (BSL)

Learners would experience international languages at an earlier age and there would be clear expectations for their progress while at primary school.

This will build on work with the Global Futures Network, which provides a range of support for Modern Foreign Languages in the curriculum.

More information on this announcement can be found by clicking here.



Download the latest in the series of guides published for parents & carers by Welsh Government.

This guide provides information on some of the positive and negative effects the internet and technology may have on children and young people. The guide includes suggestions for parents and carers on how to manage their child’s well-being along with tips and resources on how to maintain conversations and monitor your child’s interaction with technology.

Check it out here.


External Events

Regional Consultation event: the draft Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Code

On 10th December 2018, the Minister for Education launched a public consultation on the draft Additional Learning Needs Code (“the Code”) and proposed subordinate legislation under the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 (“the Act”).

The Welsh Government are holding several Regional Consultation Events, please follow the link to our website here to see where these will be held and when.

The purpose of these consultation events is to directly engage with all those with an interest in the delivery of the new ALN system and to ensure that the rights and duties of delivery partners are clearly understood.

To book your place onto any of these events, follow the link here.


Childcare Offer for Wales Engagement Events

There are still a few dates coming up regarding these events, that are aimed at childcare providers and other interested parties, who would like to find out more about the Welsh Government Childcare Offer for Wales.

Childcare providers will be shown how to register to enable them to deliver the offer in April 2019.

For more details on venues & dates of these engagement events, click here. To book your place, please email


There is also a Childcare Offer for Wales, Denbighshire Advice Surgery being held for Early Education & Childcare Providers at The Oriel Hotel, St Asaph on the 28th January 2019.

There are several time slots you can book onto, and these can all be found here:

Morning Surgery: 9:30am – 11.00am

Afternoon Surgery: 1pm – 2:30pm

Evening Surgery: 6.30pm – 8pm

The main purpose of the surgery will be to provide an update on the development of the Childcare Offer and instruct providers on how to use the online system, hosted by Flintshire County Council.

Booking details can be found here.


Additional Learning Needs & Education Tribunal Act (Wales) 2018 – Early Years Event

An extra date has been added for the Additional Learning Needs & Education Tribunal Act (Wales) 2018 – Early Years Event at the Copthorne Hotel, Cardiff on the Friday 15th March 2019.

More details can be found on the below flyer, including the target audience and aims of the event.


City & Guilds/WJEC launch events for their upcoming Level 2 and 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development qualifications

City & Guilds/WJEC would like to invite you to attend a series of free launch events from the 7 – 20 February, at various locations across Wales for their upcoming Level 2 and 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development qualifications.

The events will aim to increase your understanding about the qualification content, structure, delivery and assessment strategy. Perfect opportunity for trainers and assessors!

You can view the full list of the events and booking information by clicking here.



Our members currently have the following vacancies within their settings…

Level 3 Supervisor – Clwb Bwthyn Bach, Caerwys, Flintshire

Foundation Phase Leader, Playworker/Nursery Nurse Level 3 – Greenfields Nursery, Rogerstone

Social Care Wales are also currently recruiting for a Transition Programme Manager for early years and childcare. Closing date for this is Monday 11th February 2019.

For the full job description and details on how you can apply, please visit the Social Care Wales website here.


…& finally

We have recently added more information to our Foundation Phase page on our website involving inspections.

If you have missed it, check it out here along with many useful resources you may be interested in:



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