With the increasing attention in the press regarding the quality and standards of the educational sector as a whole in Wales, Mudiad Meithrin is very pleased to announce historical data analysis of Estyn inspections statistics held in our ‘cylchoedd meithrin’ (Welsh-medium playgroups) over the past few years (which is the latest inspection of every cylch offering the Foundation Phase curriculum).
The analysis of the surveys indicates that 84% of ‘cylchoedd meithrin’ achieved a 'good' rating (see table below). This is testament to the hard work and enthusiasm of the staff at our ‘cylchoedd meithrin’ and voluntary management committees.
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Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Chief Executive of Mudiad Meithrin said:
"We take pride in the work of our ‘cylchoedd meithrin’ in their various activities. This evidence – provided by independent inspections by Estyn - confirms the standard and quality of the work achieved by the staff at the cylchoedd. The partnership between the cylchoedd staff, Mudiad Meithrin Support Officers and advisory teachers from Local Authorities is crucial in providing the Foundation Phase and provides worthwhile experiences for children. In addition, the advice and guidance provided by experts on the Foundation Phase within Mudiad Meithrin, including Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training through ‘Academi’, will be key. "
There are approximately 508 ‘cylchoedd meithrin’ throughout Wales offering daily Welsh-medium care and education sessions for children 2-5 years of age, and over 12,000 children attend. From these cylchoedd around 260 of them are providers of the Foundation Phase education.
Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan, Mudiad Meithrin Chair said:
"Raising the standards and quality of any cylch meithrin or early years setting is an ongoing process. Mudiad’s new quality standard scheme called 'Safonau Serennog’ offers an ambitious framework to aim higher to meet the requirements of 'Estyn', CSSIW and other relevant bodies. Parents across Wales can be confident that their children will receive high-quality experiences in addition to all the benefits of Welsh-medium care and education whilst attending a cylch meithrin ".