In 2017 Welsh Government set out it’s vision to increase the the number of people able to enjoy speaking and using Welsh to a million by 2050. This is certainly a challenging ambition, but a challenge Early Years Wales believes is worthwhile and necessary if we are to secure the vitality of the language for future generations.
Welsh Government are very clear that they ‘cannot insist that parents and carers use the Welsh language with their children, that children play together in Welsh or that someone uses Welsh socially’ They can, ‘however, work to provide the conditions to facilitate an increase in the use of Welsh’. With this in mind Early Years Wales have adopted the following principles established by the Welsh Language Act 1993 and Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 which state that:
- In Wales, the Welsh language should be treated no less favourably than the English language
- Persons in Wales should be able to live their lives through the medium of the Welsh language if they choose to do so
Early Years Wales work with our members to ensure these principles are embedded into everyday practice within the setting.
On these pages you will find a host of resources and downloadable tools designed to support you and your staff to implement the Welsh language within your setting.
Early Years Wales are introducing a new parent-led Welsh Language Oracy Pack to support Welsh language learning in the home. We are asking practitioners to share the pack across their communities.
We would love to hear your thoughts, feedback, and ideas on developing the pack.
Thank you for your support.
More than just words…
Since it’s launch in 2012, the Welsh Governments strategic framework; More than just words has led to a number of improvements which helped ensure Welsh speakers receive health, social services and social care services in their first language. This has been achieved by making the best use of the existing skills and resources across the care sector.
In 2016 the strategic framework was revised. Its aim…to maintain momentum but also support a greater level of recognition among service providers that the use of the Welsh language is not just a matter of choice but also a matter of need. It is especially important for many vulnerable people and their families who need to access services in their first language, such as older people suffering from dementia or stroke who may lose their second language or very young children who may only speak Welsh.
This is known as making an ‘Active Offer’. Many of you may already be providing an ‘Active Offer’. But for some of you, this will be a new concept.
What is an ‘Active Offer’?
An ‘Active Offer’ simply means providing a service in Welsh without someone having to ask for it. The Welsh language should be as visible as the English
• It means creating a change in culture that takes the responsibility off the service user to ask for a service through the medium of Welsh.
• Providing a service that is service user-centred is fundamental to the ‘Active Offer’. What this means in practice is providing a tailor-made service that enables the individual to be assured that he/she is in control and fully understands the services being offered.
• Making an ‘Active Offer’ means not making assumptions that all Welsh speakers speak English anyway! It ensures Welsh-speaking service users are treated with dignity and respect by asking them what their preferred language is and acting on it.
• What is needed is a proactive approach that ensures language need is identified as an integral part of safe high-quality service provision.
• Making an ‘Active Offer’ is also about creating the right environment where service users feel empowered and confident that their needs will be met.
Are you delivering an ‘Active Offer’?
There are numerous ways to provide an ‘Active Offer’ but one of the first tasks to undertake is an assessment of the Welsh language skills your staff already possess. This information will be invaluable to your setting and will allow you to effectively plan for a bilingual workforce. A bilingual workforce doesn’t mean that every staff member needs to be fluent in Welsh, but it does mean having an appropriate number of Welsh speakers on your team.
Since increasing Welsh-medium early years childcare provision is essential to our aim of achieving a million speakers, we need to ensure a coordinated plan to develop this important workforce.
Cymraeg 2050: A million Welsh speakers
New Camau course revamped
The National Centre for Learning Welsh now offering an Online Self Study course at Entry level (suitable for beginners, and those who have completed the Taster Courses). The course consists of the following and is fully funded:
Approximately 20 hours of independent learning;
Learn Welsh to use with children in settings;
Pronouncing the alphabet, colours, days of the week and numbering;
Learn commands and introduce prepositions.
For a full list of the new skills you will learn on this course: https://dysgucymraeg.cymru/cymraeg-gwaith/camau/
All learners are expected to achieve approximately one unit per week. The course should take approximately 10 weeks to complete and support will be available to all learners.
Caffi Clebran is a great way for you to meet other Welsh language learners attending Camau to practice your new skills in an informal (online) setting.
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For more information on joining Caffi Clebran please contact:
Matt Anthony - [email protected]
tel: 07788 313845
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