Here is our pick of the headlines affecting early years childcare in Wales from the past few weeks…
Easter Holiday Ideas
We hope you are all currently enjoying your Easter break!
It is not too late to get out and about to make the most out of this half term – Visit Wales have come up with some fun family activities and days out in Wales that suit all ages, tastes, budgets – whatever the weather!
Check them out here.
Parents have been urged to ensure their children have both MMR vaccinations as a measles outbreak has been recently confirmed.
Fourteen people have caught the highly infectious virus in the Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent areas of South Wales.
Adults who have never had measles or the MMR vaccine and who work in close contact with children have also been urged by Public Health Wales to speak to their GP about vaccination.
For more information on what measles are, and what symptoms to look out for, click here
According to this Wales Online article, early 900 cases of scarlet fever have been reported in Wales in the first three months of 2018, with 332 of these suspected cases occurring in South Wales in particular.
Cardiff saw the highest number of reports in the first 13 weeks of the year with 98 cases, followed by Rhondda Cynon Taff with 77, 67 cases in the Vale of Glamorgan , 58 in Bridgend , 26 in Caerphilly , and 6 cases in Merthyr Tydfil.
Scarlet fever, also called scarlatina, causes a blotchy, pink-red rash and mostly affects children under 10 years old. If a parent thinks that they, or their child, might have symptoms, it is important that they seek medical assistance.
Did you know: there are loads of fun Welsh games and apps available on the CBeebies website? Check them out here if you haven’t already!
Welsh Government have recently published the Foundation Phase nursery: A guide for parents and carers.
This guide provides useful information on early education entitlement and funded early education – including how to choose a Foundation Phase nursery and the benefits of attending a Foundation Phase nursery.
You can find this useful guide here.
ICYMI – see below for the latest newsletter from HMRC covering some hot topics surrounding tax-free childcare.
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We are currently looking for individuals to join our Board of Trustees. If you are as excited and committed to the future of childcare in Wales as we are, then why not apply! Wales PPA are welcoming applications from anyone who is interested in making a difference to the early years sector in Wales. Please click here for more information.
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Huge congratulations to Pontarddulais Oaktree Playgroup, Swansea; Ladybirds Playgroup Flying Start, Vale of Glamorgan; Building Blocks Too, Torfaen who have all 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 click here for further info and ways to apply.