About us

Since 1961 Early Years Wales has been the largest umbrella organisation supporting a range of comprehensive membership services to the Early Years sector in Wales.                                           

Our main activity is to enhance the development and education of pre-school children in Wales by encouraging parents to understand and provide for their needs through high quality pre-school provision and childcare.

    Early Years Wales wants to support all pre-school children, their families and Early Years providers to give every child across Wales the best start in life by:

    1. Supporting early years providers
    2. Supporting families to participate in play
    3. Widely promoting the work of Early Years Wales
    4. Contributing to policy implementation at national and local levels
    5. Developing Partnerships
    6. Maintaining and developing the organisation’s governance and management
    7. Recruiting and developing staff and volunteers
    8. Seeking and managing funding to maintain and expand our services

    Early Years Wales has always supported parents and families to participate in their children’s development. This was a founding objective of the organisation and we continue to develop ways to ensure that families are supported from birth through their early years.

    We believe that in order to give children in Wales the best start in life, we need to provide services which promote child development and support families.

    We are committed to supporting our members by sharing information and providing guidance, we support our members to provide early intervention and family services programmes; providing high quality support and representation to our members; and by offering our own accredited quality assurance scheme – Quality for All (QfA).  As a charity we work collaboratively with other organisations including other early years, childcare education, play charities and statutory agencies, to deliver our services, such as access to affordable, flexible and high-quality childcare and play provision.

    …above all else we are here to offer a listening ear and to support our members to achieve their goals.

    Potted History

    In 1961, Belle Tutaev, a young mother living in London with her four-year old daughter, wrote a letter to the Guardian inspiring the playgroup movement.
    Memories of the Playgroup

    Regional Offices

    Wherever you are located, Early Years Wales aims to have an office near you. If you require our support, feel free to give us a call where we can discuss your query
    Regional Offices

    Meet The Team

    Between us we have dedicated over 245 years of service to Early Years Wales alone. There isn’t much we don’t know about the Early Years sector in Wales
    Contact Us

    Race Equality

    Our values are founded in providing the context for every child in Wales to have the most positive start.

    Race Equality

    Strategic Plan

    Early Years Wales is proud to share their updated strategic plan

    Child playing a wooden ring on a row of blocks

    Get in touch

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    Regional offices

    Wherever you are located, Early Years Wales aims to have an office near you. If you require our support, feel free to give us a call where we can discuss your query or arrange for one of our support staff to meet with you.

    Our office hours are Monday – Friday (9am – 5pm)