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Buddy Up with Healthy Friends Workshop These workshops will help children improve their awareness of physical activity and healthy eating, and will introduce facts about the risky behaviours of smoking and consuming alcohol in a safe, supportive and fun way. Workshops are being held across Wales in 2014 and 2015. To find your closest workshop contact your Childcare Business Development Officer or telephone 029 20 741000. Alternatively, visit www.clybiauplantcymru.org, click on your region (South East Wales, North Wales or West Wales) and select Training.

 

 

 


Community Cohesion Project
 
The Wrexham Community Cohesion Project is a 5 month project funded through Wrexham County Borough Council’s, Community Safety Partnership to build on the work carried out from the Fairshare Project across the county, and ends on 31st March 2011. 
 
The project will ensure that children from marginalised groups are considered in the planning of services. The project will inform clubs about the One Wrexham Charter and support the reporting of hate crime.   It will help to involve families from new communities in after school and holiday childcare clubs.
 
The out-of-school childcare clubs offer a perfect opportunity to increase community cohesion by integrating families into the local community, engaging with marginalisied families to ensure that they feel that they are part of their neighbourhood and also empowering individuals through new opportunities.

 
In 2011-12, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs were commissioned by Newport City Council to gain parents’ views on out of school childcare in Newport, allowing both clubs and Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs to improve and plan for the future.   A big thank you to clubs for taking part and congratulations to all clubs on providing much valued community services.
 
Here is what 150 parents from 16 clubs via questionnaires and 3 face to face focus group sessions told us about childcare clubs in Newport (please download the executive summary for more details)
 
Parents/carers need childcare clubs to work. Their employment situation has improved since using clubs, and they are more focused and productive at work. Clubs also support their work life balance.
 
Clubs provide significant social and learning benefits for children. Children made new friends, took part in new activities, became more confident and developed better social skills as well as playing more “My daughter has improved in skills and social skills since attending…all in all happier and enjoys playing with her friends.” Some parents also reported that their children were more comfortable in school, or happier to attend school once they had started attending childcare clubs.
 
Looking to the future parents said/wanted:
§ to use more holiday care especially at summer holidays.
§ to use more childcare before school. Before school care needs to start earlier and after school care continue later in some cases. 
§ care for young people in secondary school pose major childcare challenges. 
§ they rate and value regular communication with playwork staff highly.
§ outdoor play facilities, activities and snacks could be improved in some cases.
 
The research tells us that: childcare clubs play a fundamental role in modern family life; children benefit; parents/carers would be unable to work without them; location is the most important factor affecting parents’ choice, but they do not want to compromise on quality; good staff and children’s happiness defines quality.
 
 
The Wrexham Fair Share Integration project
 
The Wrexham Fair Share Integration project was a 1-year project running from September 2009 – August 2010, aimed at integrating children and families from migrant, refugee, asylum seeker and Gypsy and Traveller families into out of school childcare clubs. The project was funded from The Big Lottery’s Fair Share programme, administered through the Community Foundation in Wales and was developed after Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs recognised the need for marginalised children and families to be integrated into out of school childcare clubs.
 
To view the end of project report, please click here.

 

 

Cardiff Research Project: Parents Views On Out of School Childcare Clubs

funded by Cardiff Children and Young People’s Partnership

 

 

 

 

In 2011-12, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs gained parents’ views on out of school childcare in Cardiff, allowing both clubs and Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs to improve and plan for the future.   A big thank you to clubs for taking part and congratulations to all clubs on providing much valued community services.

 
Here is what 124 parents from 19 clubs via questionnaires and in 3 face to face focus group sessions told us about childcare clubs in Cardiff (please download the full report for details):
 
Clubs provide significant social and learning benefits for children. Children made new friends, became more confident, had taken part in new activities, were more comfortable in school, developed better social skills, “He loves mixing with the other children that are not in his class. I feel he enjoys the relaxed atmosphere and does things he wouldn’t necessarily do in school hours.”
 
Parents/carers need childcare clubs to work. And their employment situation has improved since using clubs. Parents are more focused and productive at work.  
 
Looking to the future parents said/wanted:
·         to use more holiday care especially at school Easter and summer holidays.
·         to use more childcare before school. Before school care needs to start earlier and after school care continue later in some cases. 
·         Inset days and care for young people in secondary school pose major childcare challenges. 
·         they rate and value regular communication with playwork staff highly.
·         Outdoor play facilities, activities and snacks could be improved in some cases.
 
The research tells us that: childcare clubs play a fundamental role in modern family life; children benefit; parents/carers would be unable to work without them; location is the most important factor affecting parents’ choice, but they do not want to compromise on quality; good staff defines quality.


 

Community Focused Schools Childcare Programme

From 2008, a new childcare element to the Community Focused Schools* funding was made available to develop new childcare clubs around the school day and during school holidays to help meet the needs of pupils, parents and communities across Wales.

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs has specialist expertise, knowledge and experience in developing and supporting over 1500 childcare clubs in Wales. We are currently contracted in all 22 local authorities to develop and support childcare clubs. In addition we are specifically contracted on the CFS childcare programme in 12 local authorities.

We have produced a report (including useful case studies) which:
· Reports our progress (to October 2009 including the development of 55 new clubs for Welsh and English medium primary and secondary aged children and support given to families on low incomes and with children with specific needs).
· Helps inform future work/developments on the programme.
· Could help facilitate replication in other local authorities/clubs.

The report can be downloaded
here.

*‘A Community Focused School (CFS) is one that provides a range of services and activities often beyond the school day to help to meet the needs of its pupils, their families and the wider community.’ (Community Focused Schools Guidance Circular, National Assembly for Wales, 2003)

 




 

  Go Projects!

The Go Projects are for those who want to improve their skills and open up employment opportunities   Look out for a Go Project happening in the following venues across Wales!

Theses projects will run for 9 months and engage 25 people over that period in each of the counties. It is free of charge to all participants. The programmes have been designed to run for 3 hours each week, working with people to build skills and confidence required for employment. If your work involves working with people from the eligible groups or you know of anyone who may want to take part please read on.

The Go Projects programme will comprise two areas. The first area concentrating on key skills;
  • Social skills
  • Confidence building
  • Motivational training
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Basic skills support provided where identified
For individuals who are interested in working with children we will also offer:
  • Parenting skills
  • Childcare and play skills
The second area is for people interested in qualifications. We will offer:
  • First Aid training
  • Health and Safety
  • Child Protection
  • Promoting and Supporting Positive Relationships in a Play Environment
  • Steps (Steps to Excellence for Personal Success- Pacific Institute)
  • CACHE Level 2 Award in Play work (a nationally accredited qualification)
The groups that we are aiming to engage with include:
  • Age 50+
  • NEETS – not in employment, education or training
  • Lone parents
  • BAME participants
  • People with work limited health conditions
  • Women
People working less than 16 hours per week are also considered to be economically inactive.
 
This project is funded by WCVA as part of the Engagement Gateway programme. Go Projects will be delivered by staff from Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs. For further information on these projects or to signpost participants to the project please contact Jane Alexander on 029 20741000 or e-mail gateway@clybiauplantcymru.org

 

 

Same day every week!

Same time every week!

Same place every week!

Monday

10am - 1pm

Rhyl Community Fire Station,
Rhyl, LL18 3PL

Wednesday

10am - 1pm

YMCA Bargoed, Caerphilly,

CF81 8JA

Monday & Friday

10am - 1pm

Monday @ Llwynhendy Communities First, Llanelli, SA14 9BG

&

Friday @ The Bowling Club, Carmarthen,   SA31 1LN

Tuesday

10am - 1pm

The Greenhouse
Trevellyan Terrace
High Street
Bangor
Gwynedd

Tuesday

10am - 1pm

Ebbw Vale Institute

Church Street

Ebbw Vale

Blaenau Gwent

NP23 6BE

Tuesday

9.30am-12.30pm

Newport East Community Centre, Newport, NP19 4NA

 Wednesday

10am - 1pm

Jasmine Enterprise Centre 

Cowbridge Road West 

Ely 

Cardiff

CF5 5BQ

Wednesday

10am - 1pm

Forge Fach

Clydach

Swansea

SA6 5EJ.

 

For more information about any of the Go Projects, contact gateway@clybiauplantcymru.org or telephone:

North Wales                01492 536318

South East Wales       029 2074 1000

West Wales                 01792 462502

 

Come along to a Go Project in your area and talk to us about your training needs.
 
The Go Projects are open to people who are looking for employment or who are working for les than 16 hours a week. This includes playworkers who work for less than 16 hours in an out of school club
 
The programme offers courses in:
·         STEPS - a programme that will help you to develop your positive thinking skills
·         Level 2 Awards in Playwork,
·         Emergency First Aid at Work
·         Health and Safety,
·         Promoting and supporting positive relationships in a play setting
·         CACHE level 2 Award in Playwork
 
We also offer support with:
·         Confidence building
·         Social skills
·         Motivational training
·         Teamwork
·         Time management
·         Basic skills support provided where identified
·         Essential Skills Wales qualifications in communication and application of number
 
Who can come on this programme?
·         Playworkers in clubs who are working for less than 16 hours a week
·         People who would like to have a career working with children
·         Those who are not working but want to develop their skills and improve their employment prospects
·         People living in the relevant local authority area
 

The Go Projects are funded by WCVA as part of the Engagement Gateway programme, and are delivered by Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs Staff.

Play, Learn and Grow Healthy

The Carmarthenshire Play Learn and Grow Healthy project, is a 3-year ‘Healthy Friends’ theme project, working primarily with children aged 7/8 and 10/11 through a ‘buddying’ project, and extending to reach younger children and their families from 2 upwards.

The project will aim to raise awareness of the value of physical activity/healthy eating and introduce ideas for ‘buddying’ in a traditionally non-educational environment. Often work in this area is focused on health programmes delivered through schools, however, this project will provide ‘learning through play’. Activity will predominately focus on ‘buddying’ with junior aged children attending out of school childcare clubs and Childminders. Training and support will be given to all children volunteering to become ‘buddies’

The project is funded with £425,797 from the Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) Way of Life initiative, which aims to develop new and innovative ways of promoting healthy eating, activity and play among children through projects that involve the whole family.

Childhood obesity has been one of the most worrying health trends in Wales over the last decade ,with more children overweight than ever before. WOL aims to combat childhood obesity by using three different models, which the successful projects are using to deliver the programme.

The Project Partners, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids' Clubs, Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin and Wales Pre -school Playgroups Association have a history of working successfully together. They have representation within Local Authorities on the Children and Young People’s Partnerships and have links with the Health, Social Care and Well-being Partnership. with all relevant aspects of the Education Department, Local Health Board and N.H.S Trust.

A full press release is available on our Newsroom page

For more information about the project please contact the project manager:

Karen Pereira: 07977200318 / 01792 483031


Lottery Funded

Cardiff Research Project: Parents Views On Out of School Childcare Clubs
 
We are currently collating quantitative and qualitative information from parents who use out of school childcare clubs in Cardiff via questionnaires and at 3 focus groups sessions. The purpose of this is to:
 
       Measure the difference (impact/benefits) clubs have made to families in Cardiff.
  • Help clubs review service to continuously improve and support the CSSIW Annual Quality of Care Review.
  • Allow Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs to better plan new development and support existing clubs with sustainability and quality issues.
  • Contribute to Cardiff’s Childcare Sufficiency Audit.
 
The research is already telling us about the benefits for both children and parents using clubs. Parents notice that children have made new friends; enjoyed new activities; are more confident and are happier with better social skills. Parents have; got new jobs; increased working hours; taken up training and started volunteering. Using clubs has meant: more reliable childcare; greater peace of mind; less need to rush away from work; less time off work and; more able to concentrate at work/study.
 
In our work we aim to ensure that out of school childcare in Wales provides a service that meets the needs of the children, parents and carers and staff who manage and work in the clubs.  

The Kids’ Clubs Project

The Kids' Clubs Project, a £5.7 million project part-funded by the European Union through the Welsh Assembly Government, ended in September 2008 after three years.   As a result of the project, clubs are better prepared for the future – better skills, a more qualified workforce, new clubs, and new places.  4800 people have received training.  116 new clubs have started, creating more than 2000 new places.  70 clubs received sustainability grants and support.  Furthermore, families who could not afford childcare fees or whose children need one-to-one support have benefited directly through the 481 extra hands grants and 236 assisted places grants awarded through the project. The publications and resources produced during the project will support quality and innovation in out of school childcare clubs for years to come.

Kids’ Clubs – Solutions
Demonstrating innovation and good practice in out of school childcare
clubs
 
 

Clubs for older children and young people

Clubs for children with additional needs

Non traditional out of hours clubs

Management models in clubs

Hotchpotch

Glossary of terms

Appendix


The Kids' Clubs At Play film showcases out of school childcare clubs in Wales and the impact of The Kids' Clubs Project which was funded by the European Objective 1 programme.

Please click here to view video......


Ready Steady Go
The CWLWM project has now come to an end, and the business development toolkit for the childcare sector in Wales - 'Ready Steady Go' is now available.

For details about the toolkit, which is available in electronic format , or in A4 folder format,and cost of  the accompanying  comprehensive training package, please contact  the project manager at our National office . For further information about the content of the toolkit please click on the link to access a description of the toolkit.

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