smalltalk - autumn 2021

smalltalk…supporting the early years sector in Wales for over 30-years.

Published quarterly since spring 1986, and mailed free of charge to all Early Years Wales members. smalltalk is the must-read title for early years education and early years childcare providers in Wales.

Whether you are looking for ideas to implement within the setting or to help you with your training and development, wanting to keep up to date with the latest curriculum changes or changes in legislation, our 64-page, fully bilingual, full colour magazine is packed full of articles to inspire you to embed and inform high-quality practice, whilst continuing to run a successful business.

Welcome to the autumn edition of smalltalk

Without stating the obvious we’re thrilled to announce that we’re back in print, and for the first time ever we welcome you bilingually.

When we stopped the printing presses last summer, we always said it wouldn’t be forever. We were so grateful for your support when we announced we were going digital, as this enabled us to publish all the great content you expect from your magazine in Welsh also. We were so pleased with the way the magazine was received in both its English and Welsh formats it was obvious we had to take the next step and print it bilingually. I’m sure most people will agree there is nothing nicer than reading a ‘real-life’ copy over a cuppa. 

Here’s a taster of what’s inside…

4. Disclosure and Barring Service

Having to deal with safeguarding issues is never easy, but it’s important to know what to do and when to do it. We highlight your legal responsibilities.

6. Cover story: Reach your full potential

Why continued professional development (CPD) is important.

7. Early Years Wales Learner of the Year 2020: The secret to success is passion

We celebrate the achievements of Sandra Stait, our Learner of the Year 2020.

8. Healthy and Sustainable Pre School Scheme; happy healthy children for life

How the Healthy and Sustainable Pre School Scheme is the perfect way to get families and children healthy and active.

10. Talk with me: Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) Delivery Plan

Welsh Government explain how children in Wales will be supported to develop their SLC skills during their early years.

13. City and Guilds and WJEC – the importance of childcare to the Welsh economy

The pandemic highlighted how essential the childcare sector is to Welsh businesses - getting people trained and qualified to a high standard was critical.

14. Childcare key workers – the unsung heroes

Educ8 Training introduce us to some of their learners who have been getting qualified during lockdown.

15. Out, out… Newport Childminder Event

Our Newport team fill us in on the fun they had with our childminder members.

16. Looking after your financial wellbeing

The last 18 months have shown us that we never know what’s round the corner. Pensions specialists Demna Consulting talk to us about the importance of planning for the unexpected.

19. Look Say Sing Play

Look Say Sing Play is NSPCC Cymru’s baby brain-building campaign. Emma Motherwell explains how it can be used by professionals to help parents support their baby’s development.

22. Booktrust Cymru: top tips for reading with young children

How to make reading with children fun.

24. Welsh Active Early Years working in partnership with Booktrust Cymru

How through the donation of books we have been able to promote movement and language in homes across Wales.

26. Foundation Phase: Talking Point Outdoor risky play and schema development in the early years (part one)

The first in a 2-part series of articles exploring outdoor risky play and schema development in the Early Years.

31. Finance for Early Years Are you looking to grow your business?

Business Wales and the Development Bank of Wales have the support and funding that could help.

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