Mudiad Meithrin is pleased to announce a pilot scheme called 'Cylchoedd Canolog' which will bring 15 cylchoedd meithrin (Welsh-medium playgroups) under the direct control of the Mudiad.
At the moment, there are 550 cylchoedd meithrin and 450 Ti a Fi groups (parent/carer and toddler groups) which are members of Mudiad Meithrin (which acts as an umbrella organisation). As a member of Mudiad Meithrin cylchoedd take advantage of a wide range of support and counselling services by their local development officers, coordinators, directors and support staff. Voluntary management committees are responsible for the management of the Cylchoedd Meithrin on a day to day basis.
The 15 cylchoedd meithrin which will take part in this pilot scheme will be located throughout Wales.
Announcing the news, Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Chief Executive of Mudiad Meithrin said:
"A questionnaire evaluating the service the Mudiad provides to the cylchoedd meithrin and cylchoedd Ti a Fi shows that the vast majority of playgroups and parent and toddler groups are extremely satisfied with the Mudiad’s service provided by its national staff. At the same time, there is evidence at the grass roots of problems that can be challenging for our volunteers to cope with from time to time. By offering direct control of 15 cylchoedd meithrin, we will be able to experiment with a new management structure. This will free the voluntary committee to focus on voluntary initiatives of interest to them e.g. fundraising activities, promoting the service of the Cylch Meithrin in the community etc.
"We assume that the scheme will be popular amongst the cylchoedd meithrin but as this is a pilot scheme, the success of the scheme will need to be assessed in 12-18 months’ time in order to evaluate the viability of expanding the scheme further. At the same time, we need to consider the funding implications of the scheme if it is likely to expand."
The scheme is scheduled to commence in April 2015 and the names of the 15 cylch meithrin (which will join the scheme voluntarily) will be confirmed in the New Year.