On Saturday, 5 July at 1pm a special ceremony was held to present vocational certificates in the early years to practitioners on the Cam wrth Gam National Training Scheme, which is a subsidiary company of Mudiad Meithrin.
The Chief Executive of CACHE, Mr Nick Cutland was present to address the students and their families. The award ceremony was held at the Great Hall, at the Arts Centre on the University campus in Aberystwyth and over 470 family members and friends of the successful practitioners travelled from all over Wales to be present at this special occasion.
These practitioners have been trained by Cam wrth Gam’s National Training Scheme, which is funded by the Welsh Government. A total of 200 Level 3 candidates were trained at cylchoedd meithrin (Welsh-medium playgroups) and Welsh-medium Primary Schools across Wales from April 2013 and qualified at the end of March this year.
Hywel Jones, Mudiad Meithrin’s Chief Executive said,
“The presentation day is a very important occasion, not only to the Mudiad but to Welsh early years care and education in general. CSSIW and the Foundation Phase requirement standards notes that every cylch meithrin leader will need to have attained a Level 3 qualification. The National Training Scheme’s aim is to ensure that early years education will be enriched by hundreds of new practitioners, able to work confidently in the early years through the medium of Welsh, or bilingually. Because of the praiseworthy work accomplished through this particular training scheme since it was established in 2005, it has created over 1600 new qualified practitioners who are able to work through the medium of Welsh, and most of these are already in post.”
A further 200 candidates have commenced the Level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (QCF), under the auspices of CACHE in April this year. Once again, the candidates have been allocated work placements in cylchoedd meithrin across Wales and will qualify by March 2015. The certificates were presented by Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies as one of her first roles as the incoming Chief Executive for Mudiad Meithrin.
Cam wrth Gam work closely with head teachers and local authority to provide the best training programmes to meet the needs of the school and the community. Courses are offered to students in secondary schools as part of the school curriculum. The courses are accredited by CACHE awarding body. Students from eight different secondary schools were present during the awards ceremony to be presented with a certificate as part of finishing their course.
The secondary school
Ysgol Uwchradd Ardudwy, Harlech
Ysgol Bro Ddyfi, Machynlleth
Ysgol Uwchradd Y Strade, Llanelli
Ysgol Uwchradd Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen
Ysgol Y Cymer, Rhondda
Ysgol Uwchradd Maesgarmon, Mold
Ysgol Uwchradd Maes-y-Gwendraeth, Cross Hands
Ysgol Uwchradd Llanhari, Pontyclun, Rhondda