From Volunteer of the Year to Setting of the Year. Read all about our categories here. 

Early Years Wales Awards

All Nominated settings must be current members of Early Years Wales

All nominated persons must work or volunteer in a setting who is a member of Early Years Wales.

Two awards will be given in this category:

  • Registered for 0-19 children
  • Registered for 20 children and over

A setting or childminder business that employs staff who is driven by their passion for Early Years children and quality childcare. The focus is to produce a safe, clean, stimulating environment where children are encouraged to play, learn and thrive. The setting holds their staff in the highest regard and has excellent links with parents, external partners, and the local community.

An outstanding staff member or childminder who is dedicated to their job role and is passionate about caring for children and encouraging them to play, learn and thrive. They show commitment to providing a high quality, safe and stimulating childcare environment, they put the child in the centre of all they do – going above and beyond their role. They are a good role model and mentor to others, they have excellent working relationships with staff, parents, multi agencies and positive community links.

An outstanding individual or committee who go above and beyond to donate their time to the early years sector. They show a passion for childcare and volunteer their free time to make a difference, they could work within the setting or be a valued member of the committee.

This award recognises individuals who clearly demonstrate progression and excellence within the Early Years sector. This can include apprenticeships, childcare qualifications, and Welsh language skills. This award is open to all staff including new starters.

This award will be made to a setting who has shown exceptional contributions to their community, this could be a Parent and toddler Group, a baby group, or an unregistered setting. The judges will be looking for evidence of how the setting goes out of its way to support its community by taking part in local activities. The setting will also demonstrate how it actively involves staff, parents, and children in its local area.

Two awards will be given in this category

  • Small but mighty
  • Big and bold

During the last year outdoor space has been more important than ever, show us how creative you’ve been and how you have adapted your own space or used shared community space

Small but mighty – an innovative approach to using a small space, it may be a very small outside space that offers lots of opportunities for children to grow and thrive

Big and bold – this will be a larger area with lots of opportunities for different areas to explore, giving children play and learning experiences

This award will be made to the setting which has created or used an outdoor space that inspires and excites children. Activities that promote physical well-being, creativity and first-hand learning experiences will be sought. Settings have made the most of the space they have whether big or small, they show innovation on how they use their space.

This can be a setting or a person. 

A setting or person that has the environment at its heart, has clear policies to manage waste, energy, surroundings, supports children to care for their environment. Ensures children have fresh food sourced locally where possible. Shows evidence of recycling and upcycling

Examples of good practise:

  • Replacing plastic milk bottles with glass
  • Beach clean
  • DIY Baby wipes
  • Eco-school award
  • Eco eggs
  • Electric vehicles
  • Glitter ban
  • bamboo toothbrushes
  • Recycled paint
  • Sustainable suppliers

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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.

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