Your early years news, features and guides round up: 12th January – 8th February 2019

January is finally over, and we are just about getting used to writing the year 2019!

We have got A LOT to share with you on this round up, so take a look here at what has been happening in the early years sector over the past couple of weeks…


Early Years Wales Events

It has been a busy couple of weeks for us all at Early Years Wales, as we prepare for our upcoming Events taking place this February.

If you are a Early Years Wales member and follow us closely on social media, you are now most probably aware of the events we have coming up this month.

Bookings for these are filling up fast, but there are some spaces still available if you are interested in attending!


Early Years Wales Members Event –  Thursday 21st February 2019

At this event, you will have the opportunity to hear from our guest speaker Dr Stella Louis, who will be discussing all things schemas – plus there will be the opportunity to partake in two different workshops, focusing on the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) code and the Induction Framework for Early Years and Childcare.

If you would like to book your place, please visit our Eventbrite site here and follow the link to the event ‘Early Years Wales Member Event 2019′.








































Foundation Phase Excellence Events

The aim of these events is to bring together Early Years Practitioners from the maintained and non-maintained sector to share best practice in the Foundation Phase and improve opportunities to work collaboratively between settings, schools and advisory teachers.

There will be three events held and details of what will be included in each event can be found below:

Conwy – Tuesday 19th February 2019

Newport – Wednesday 20th February 2019

Cardiff – Friday 22nd February 2019

To book your place, visit our Eventbrite page here and follow the link to the event you would like to attend.

Please note: these events are open to Early Years Wales Members, Primary Schools and Advisory Teachers in Wales.


Welsh Government


Welsh Government would like your views on proposals to legislate for the implementation of the new curriculum arrangements.

This includes:

-The purpose and structure of the curriculum
-The Welsh and English languages
-Relationships and Sexuality Education for 3 to 16 year olds
-Religious Education for 3 to 16 year olds
-Right to withdraw from RE and RSE
-The assessment of learners.

Consultation is open until 25th March 2019. Visit the Welsh Government website here to provide your feedback.


New Additional learning needs support guides published

The Welsh Government has published two new guides on effective interventions to support children and young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in educational settings.

These can be found through the following links:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD):



ICYMI – Cwlwm’s January Newsletter is now available online. This provides an update on key activities occurring in the early years, childcare and play sector at the moment.

Have a read here.


Have you provided feedback yet for the National Minimum Standards?

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.

Closing date for the survey is 22nd February 2019. Follow the link to the Cwlwm website here to complete.



On Tuesday 5th February, it was Safer Internet Day 2019 and it was celebrated globally with the theme: Together for a better internet.

In light of this, Welsh Governments’ Hwb made resources available for you to download & get involved to help promote safe, responsible & positive use of digital technology for children & young people.

If you want to take a look at these resources, these are still available on the Hwb website here.


Children’s Mental Health Week (4-10th February 2019)

This week has been Children’s Mental Health Week and there has been lots of useful information being posted across social media this week, aiming to provide helpful advice and guidance on the subject.

Check out these useful tips from BelievePerform that you can use to help support a child’s mental health.























ITV Wales – Dads call for baby changing units to be available in all men’s toilets

For parents of young children, finding accessible baby changing facilities is something high on the priority list when venturing out, but many dads say it can prove to be a difficult challenge because most facilities are only available in women’s toilets.

Fathers from Caerphilly are calling for more suitable changing facilities that can be used by both men and women in high-street cafes, businesses and restaurants.

Read more here.


Other Early Years Wales Events

South West Wales Members Forum – Tuesday 12th February 2019

New Year Drop In – Tuesday 19th February 2019 

Plas Dolerw, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2EH

1pm – 4pm

Please come along for a chat, have coffee and cake and discuss any queries you may have.

We will have information on:

  • 30-hour offer in Powys
  • Information on updated qualifications
  • Update on Food & Nutrition guidelines
  • Cymraeg 2050/ Active Offer
  • Grant support

This is an informal drop in session. Just pop in or if you would like to book a specific time, please drop an email to Viv or Emma ( or

There will be a raffle to take part in, for all who attend.



Our members currently have the following vacancies within their settings…

Setting Leader – Buttington Trewern Playgroup, Powys


Members! Don’t forget we will post your job vacancy on our website and social media pages for FREE! Just email over your job advert or use our template here and we will take care of the rest!


Quality for All (QfA)

Huge congratulations to Treetops Playgroup, Cardiff; St Pauls Family Centre, Carmarthenshire; Little Olives Flying Start Playgroup, Newport; Two Counties Nursery, Torfaen; Little Petals – Waun Wen Flying Start, Swansea; Pontymoile Under Fives Playgroup, Torfaen; Busy Bees at BICC (Flying Start), Torfaen; Penygarn Under Fives (Pontymoile), Torfaen who have successfully passed our Quality Assurance Scheme, Quality for All (QfA) over the past few months. We’re proud of your achievements.

If you would like to take part in QfA, please visit for further information:


…& finally

Have you entered our fantastic competition yet in our Winter edition of smalltalk?

To celebrate the launch of Early Years Wales we have collaborated with Cosy & Pete Moorhouse Sculpture to bring one lucky member the chance to win a signed copy of Pete’s book Learning through Woodwork, and to accompany it Cosy have donated the tools!

Everything you need to start teaching woodwork to the Early Years – but hurry, this competition closes on Monday 11th February, so get those entries in QUICK!


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