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Get the latest updates on topics affecting Wales' childcare sector.

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The EDI Project

4 October 2017 
The purpose of the EDI project is to help shape and develop bespoke, appropriate Welsh Language training courses for the Early Years and Play sectors. It’s part of the ‘Work Welsh’ scheme being developed by the National Centre for Learning Welsh.

The success / accuracy of the mapping project relies on us collecting information from Early Years and Play workers across Wales- this means we need to know what you can already do, so that the new courses meet your needs.

Changes to the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare for children up to the age of 12 years

12 September 2017 
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The Welsh Government has sent out a letter providing advanced notice about future requirements which will form part of the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare for children up to the age of 12 years (NMS).

Changes will relate to Standards 13.6(DC) and 13.7(DC) Day Care, concerning qualifications that are required for persons in charge and non-supervisory staff working in regulated childcare and play settings for children aged 0 to 12 years

NDNA Cymru could provide you with supported employment

18 August 2017 
Practitioner with children Aged 18 to 24 in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf? NDNA Cymru could provide you with paid, supported employment through our  ‘Childcare Works’ programme. We need 32 participants not in education, employment or training. 

Find out more

Proposed changes to how you apply for a DBS check

16 August 2017 

CSSIW are proposing changes to how you can apply for a DBS check. The changes mean that from 2018, CSSIW will no longer directly manage DBS checks - they will be managed by an external provider. You will be required to pay the DBS fee and an administration charge.

Find out more and share your views

Nationwide search for parenting stories

2 August 2017 
A campaign  has launched a search for four inspirational families to share their parenting stories. Parenting. Give it time is recruiting for Welsh parents, with children aged 0-5, to nominate their families to take part by 31 August 2017. You can share the below with your parents

Download a poster in English and Welsh below.

Measles outbreak

21 July 2017 

There is currently a measles outbreak in Newport and Torfaen, and the government has issued guidance for childcare providers and parents.

Download a poster in English and Welsh below.

Myths of ALN Bill

14 July 2017 
Welsh Government logoThe Welsh Government has issued resources and guidance tackling misconceptions about the additional learning needs bill and what it hopes to achieve.

Access the resources  

Guidance on wraparound childcare

5 June 2017 
NDNA is part of the Cwlwm partnership, which has developed a guide for providers on wraparound childcare. Click below to find out what the guidance contains and download it in English or Welsh.

See the guidance  

New Childcare Offer in Wales

13 June 2017 
Welsh Government logo The Welsh Government has announced its new Childcare Offer for Wales for the early implementer local authorities.  The new childcare offer will provide working parents with 30 hours of early education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks per year. 

View resources and guidance here

FAQs on SASS part two

12 June 2017 

CSSIW has published bilingual questions and answers on the Self Assessment of Service Statement (SASS) part two and Quality of Care Review.

See the FAQs

Foundation Phase Action Plan infographics

10 May 2017 

The Welsh Government has published a set of infographics, which outline important Foundation Phase pedagogy for learning environments. The infographics cover topics from continuous provision to outdoor learning, and are available in both English and Welsh. Click below to take a look and download them for your setting.

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Free Welsh language training - un, dau tri – hwyl a sbri

27 April 2017 

NDNA is offering free Welsh language training, in a six week course aimed at childcare practitioners. You can find out more in the flyer below, and contact NDNA’s Welsh Language support worker Billie Ward on if you are interested.


Template letter on the Childcare Offer for Wales

13 April 2017 

NDNA has put together a template letter for nurseries to send to their local Assembly members, calling for actions to support nurseries and make the Childcare Offer for Wales sustainable.

Read more and download the letter

Update on the Childcare Offer

3 April 2017 

The Welsh Government has released an update on the Childcare Offer for Wales, including a core script and a written statement from Carl Sargeant, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children.

See the updates

Childcare Offer FAQs

29 March 2017 

Bilingual Frequently Asked Question documents have been produced, for providers and parents, about the Childcare Offer in Wales.

See the FAQs

Free Welsh Language Toolkit factsheets

29 March 2017 

NDNA Cyrmu has developed a Welsh Language toolkit in conjunction with Wales PPA and Welsh for Adults. The toolkit is free and includes a range of factsheets in both Welsh and English, to support practitioners to embed the Welsh language into their daily practice.

See the factsheets

Talk Childcare Regional Feedback Forums

1 March 2017
The free childcare offer will be available across Wales for all eligible families once developed. Find out more and have your say at your local Regional Feedback Forum.

Find out more and book your place here.   


Talk Childcare update

1 February 2017
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Find updated information on the Welsh Government's Talk Childcare campaign, plus links to share with parents and a bilingual flyer to download.

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'Parenting. Give it time' initiative

25 January 2017
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‘Parenting. Give it time’ is a Welsh Government initiative giving practical advice to parents on encouraging positive behaviour, boosting their child’s confidence and supporting their development. It also provides tips and advice on common parenting concerns including tantrums, bedtimes, bath times and potty training. 

Find out more and download the resources.

Welsh Government: ALN programme

19 December 2016 
Welsh Government logoThe Welsh Government is transforming the system for supporting children and young people with additional learning needs (ALN) in Wales through an ALN programme.  

The programme will transform the separate systems for special educational needs (SEN) in schools and learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) in further education, to create a unified system for supporting learners from 0 to 25 with ALN.

Find out more and download the 'ALN Factsheet – How will the Bill affect non-maintained early years education providers in receipt of local authority funding?' here

Get involved: Early Years & Childcare Engagement Events

19 December 2016 
Care Council for Wales logoThe Care Council are currently working closely with Qualifications Wales to develop a new suite of qualifications, after a review highlighted issues within the sector.   

The Care Council are running a series of sector engagement events across Wales in January to gain your feedback,

Find out more   

Public Health Wales: Norovirus guidance

16 December 2016 
Public Health Wales logoNorovirus is currently circulating in local communities, some north Wales hospitals, care homes, schools and nurseries have been affected. Due to this increased activity, Public Health Wales have released some guidance.

View the guidance here

Download Public Health Wales' letter here

Key points of Welsh Government 30 hours offer at NDNA Cymru member event

22 November 2016 
The 30 hours childcare offer for Wales is the most ambitious in the UK. It will be 30 hours per week – which includes early education and childcare – for 48 weeks of the year, for working parents of three and four-year-olds.

The Welsh Government spoke at the NDNA Cymru member event on 16 November, here is a rundown of the key points. 

View the key points

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