Welsh for the Family Scheme – Mudiad Meithrin (Cynllun Cymraeg i'r Teulu)
Cynllun Cymraeg i'r Teulu - Welsh for the family Scheme is a scheme which supports non-Welsh speaking parents/carers who attend the cylchoedd Ti a Fi (Welsh-medium baby and toddler groups). The aim of this scheme is to enable non-Welsh speaking families to learn a bit of Welsh and to use the language in the home. It gives the parents/carers and the children a taste of the Welsh language and demonstrates that Welsh isn’t a difficult language to learn!
The scheme will foster children's interest in books from the youngest age possible, and this will help them learn to read with ease when they start school. The scheme will also
enable parents to promote their children's educational and general development through the medium of Welsh.
A leader will work with a small group of parents during a cylch Ti a Fi session. During the session the leader will present simple vocabulary, songs and stories, and help parents with pronunciation.
The scheme contains 6 sessions which lasts around twenty minutes on the following units:
Unit 1: Dyma Fi Myself)
Unit 2: Dwylo (Hands)
Unit 3: Corff (Body)
Unit 4: Dillad (Clothes)
Unit 5: Fy Nghartref (My Home)
Unit 6: Bwyd (Food)
Each unit follows the same pattern – a lively and simple language session, followed by a song and an activity. The parents and children will have the opportunity to have fun whilsts singing and taking part in activities through the medium of Welsh. At the end of each session ideas for further activities will be shared so as to reinforce the use of the language taught in the session at home with the family.
A sample of a session may be downloaded below.
Welsh for the Family Course – Welsh For Adults
After participating in the above scheme, parents might like to follow the national Welsh for the Family Course (Cymraeg i'r Teulu) which is run by a national organisation called Welsh For Adults. This is a beginner-level course for parents who wish to learn Welsh in order to use the language with young children. Welsh for the Family classes are usually held once a week, and would take two academic years to complete. They're different to other courses in the way that they're full of tailored vocabulary, language patterns, songs and activities to help learners to communicate with children in Welsh.