February 2017

Are you ready for Tax-Free Childcare?

Childcare providers across the UK are signing up for the UK government’s new offer: Tax-Free Childcare. Tax-Free Childcare will help working parents with the cost of childcare, offering up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 if a child is disabled.

Parents will be able to open an online account, which they can use to pay for childcare from a registered provider. For every £8 parents pay into these accounts, the UK government will add £2. Childcare providers must sign up to be able to receive payments from parents through the scheme. Sign up now at:

To sign up, childcare providers should visit and will need:
● The unique code included in their invitation letter.
● The bank account details for the account they wish to receive payments into.
● Their Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number – or their National Insurance number, if they don’t have a UTR.

Tax-Free Childcare will be rolled out to parents from early this year, but it is important that you as a provider sign up as soon as possible to be ready for the scheme’s launch. You can find more information on the scheme by visiting the Top things providers need to know on

Autumn Term 2016 Training Schedule EYDCP

Will be uploaded soon with all new courses and dates for 2016/2017

New Guidance for Assisted Places 2015/2016
The Assisted Places Grant supports the improvement in the welfare or quality of life of the child by providing access to CSSIW registered, quality childcare placements and to support a child’s social development or to address a child’s emerging needs. The grant will pay the childcare fees and/or 1:1 support for individual children to access sessional childcare at an approved childcare setting for an initial period of one term. Some families may be eligible to apply for both the childcare fees and the 1:1 support elements of the grant. For more informaton please click on the below application forms and guidance.

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Roadmap of the Child Protection Process

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Toy Library Re-launch 2015
Torfaen Play Service and Torfaen Early Years Childcare Team would like to invite you to the Toy Library Re-Launch on Monday 23rd March 6.00pm-8.00pm. Please see below for more details

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The Play Safety Forum launches new practical tool for Risk-Benefits (Nov 2014)
A leading safety body has launched a new tool making the case for risk, adventure and challenge as vital ingredients in children's play. Play Wales believe that it will be invaluable to providers when managing space for play. Click here to visit the Play Wales website and download the Risk-Benefit Tool.

New Public Health Wales Guidance on Infection Control
Please click to download the Infection Prevention and Control for Childcare Settings guidance document which supersedes Mind the Germs and all providers will need to review their practice against this new guidance. For more information visit the CSSIW website.

Childcare Clubs Counts
Clybiau Plant Cymru Kid's Clubs are holding a number of networking events for childcare providers during November 2014 to February 2015. For more infomation, please click on the below image.
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Citizens Advice Bureau report on practicalities of childcare
PracChildcareRptcover.png A recently published report looks at the extent to which the practicalities of childcare pose a barrier to taking up employment for parents/carers. The cost of childcare is often the focus of this type of research whereas this report publishes the results of their research with parents, carers and childcare providers on issues including flexible opening times and payment terms,including their recommendations.
Click on the image to read the full report.

Managing Your Money - Torfaen Citizens Advice Bureau
Torfaen Citizens Advice Bureau are offering free Managing Your Money sessions for your group or service. Please click on the below poster for more details

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Messages for Practice: Creating a Safe Sleeping Environment for Baby

Please click on the below image for guidance on safe sleeping for babies

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Umbrella Organisations come together under 'CWLWM' for Welsh Government Grant to create flexible childcare and play
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On 1st July, the Welsh Government announced that the Strategic Priority Childcare Grant under the new Children and Families Delivery Grant scheme was awarded to CWLWM. CWLWM partners are Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs, Mudiad Meithrin, National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA Cymru), PACEY Cymru (Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years) and Wales Pre-School Providers Association (Wales PPA). The formal partnership is led by Mudiad Meithrin and is delivered by each of the five organisations. Read more here.

Safer Workplace Better Business (SWBB)
Safer Workplace Better Business (SWBB) pack is a simple, jargon-free system developed by the Devon Health and Safety Sub Group, a working group of the ten Local Authorities in Devon, to help small businesses comply with health and safety law. It is a simple to use tool-kit based around the principles of the nationally recognised "Safer Food Better Business", pack produced by the Food Standards Agency to assist small catering businesses to meet European food hygiene requirements. The SWBB pack is similar, but aims to ensure that small businesses can comply with requirements of current Health and Safety standards. To download a copy, please click on the below image.

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Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Educational Psychology Appointments

Have you got any concerns relating to a child or children in your pre-school setting? If you do, come to a free and confidential session with either an autistic spectrum disorder support officer or educational psychologist at Cwmbran ICC. To request dates and book an appointment please contact Torfaen FIS on 0800 0196 330 or email

HMRC E-learning package for childminders
The package advises on the tax and National Insurance issues involved in starting a business. The package can be completed in bite size pieces and covers subjects including:
Starting in Business
Registering your self employment
What records should I keep?
What can I claim against my Income?

Please click here to link to the HMRC website.

You can also sign up to receive HMRC editorials and receive timely key messages to help you meet tax deadlines.
All products are free of charge.

Play Wales Information Sheet - Play and Early Years
Click here for the latest information sheet from Play Wales.

Speech and Language Therapy in Gwent - new website
View the launch flyer below or click here to visit the new website.


Are you/someone you know interested in a career in childcare?
Choices in Childcare is a FREE course that will help you decide if working in childcare, education or playwork is really for you. For more information and an application form please contact Torfaen Council's Childcare Workforce Development Officer, Jane Lolin, on 01633 647423.

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The Wales Pre-school Providers Association (WPPA) are circulating information on their Quality For All scheme. QfA is a quality assurance scheme. It builds on how you reflect on, review and develop your provision at a pace that suits you and your staff team.

Childcare providers in Torfaen, whether members of WPPA or not, can contact Bernadette Byrne on 0845 8739587 or 01633 271528 for more information and to get a printed leaflet.

Healthy and Sustainable Preschool Scheme
The Healthy and Sustainable Preschool Scheme has been launched as an extension of the Welsh Government’s Healthy School’s Scheme. It is aimed at pre-school childcare providers, nurseries, playgroups, Flying Start provisions and childminders. If you are interested in taking part, read the leaflet here (also available in Welsh). For further information on the scheme please contact your Healthy Pre-School Officer on 01633 647405 / 07932 772653.

Stop It Now! Wales 3rd Anniversary Event
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Updated National minimum standards for regulated child care (March 2012) available to download

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Click on the images above to view the updated National Minimum Standards (in English or Welsh) which apply to childminders and providers of day care for children under the age of eight years. These updated National Minimum Standards replace the version of the standards issued in April 2011. Further details can also be found on the Welsh Government website.

A new resource is available from Welsh Government - Food, fun and active play for Tiny Tots
Training materials are available for development officers from early years organisations and those who attended the ''train the trainer'' sessions on the food and active play cards to enable dissemination to practioners in early years settings. Please liaise with a local community dietitian for further support. To download all resources please visit the Physical Activity and Nutrition Network Wales website.

Food and Health Guidelines fo Early Years and Childcare
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Early Years News
Care Council for Wales has produced Issue 3 of their newsletter 'Early Years News'. To view this or previous newsletters please click here. Registered childcare settings should receive hard copies directly from the Care Council.

Updated National Minimum Standards for Regulated Child Care available to download
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Protecting Children - A Guide for those working with Children
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Please click on the flyers below for important information relating to Childcare Vouchers and forthcoming changes.

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Care Council for Wales Employer Guides

For access to useful employer guides please visit the Care Council for Wales website. Alternatively, you can select to read one of the following guides on good recruitment and induction practices.

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Change 4 Life

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Change 4 Life Early Years toolkits contain a number of useful resources for use within your childcare setting including:

An A4 booklet guide for local supporters for use by group leaders and staff;
A poster to display in your setting;
A ‘Let’s Play’ worksheet to give ideas for group activities and games;
5 A4 ‘Ready Steady Go’ leaflets for staff to discuss with parents;
5 A4 colouring worksheets for children.

To download the resources please click on the following images.

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Child Protection Resources Online

Download here for copies of Safeguarding Children: Working Together under the Children Act 2004:

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For information on child protection and to download a copy of the All Wales Child Protection Procedures 2008 please visit or click on the image below:

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For a hard copy of the Child Protection document please contact the Child Protection Team on 01495 762200.

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