Croeso i Cymraeg i Blant / Welcome to Cymraeg for Kids
Cymraeg for kids is a national scheme by the Welsh Government that supports parents to use the Welsh language with their children by choosing Welsh medium childcare and education. The scheme is regulated by Mudiad Meithrin that provides Welsh medium childcare and preschool education in the day nurseries and the Cylch Meithrin.
We know that most children across the world speak two languages, and that they have the ability to grasp a language at an early age. The sooner a child hears Welsh the better.
There is a team of 25 Welsh for kids officers across Wales that provides expert advice, information and support to prospective and new parents on the benefits of Welsh education and the importance of introducing Welsh early to the small child.
This is accomplished locally by offering support groups free of charge to parents during the school term. Here’s a taste of what’s available:
- Baby massage group (weekly) – an opportunity to massage your baby through the medium of Welsh and develop a close attachment with the baby by singing simple Welsh rhymes (link to the second page)
- Baby yoga Group (weekly) – an opportunity to learn simple baby yoga moves through the medium of Welsh and gain confidence by learning simple rhymes and phrases to use with the baby (link to the second page)
- Welsh story and rhymetime group (weekly) – an opportunity to experience a fun session by listening to a Welsh story and learn simple rhymes to use at home (link to the second page)
- Clwb Doti a Fi (Monthly) – an additional opportunity to socialize through the medium of Welsh and make new friends (link to the second page).
How to get in touch with Cymraeg i blant:
Tel: 01970 639639
Twitter - @Cymraegforkids
For further information about Cymraeg for Kids groups in your area please click on the following facebook links or contact your local Cymraeg for Kids Officer:
Facebook.com/Cymraeg i blant… (national page)
Gogledd Powys (North Powys)
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Abertawe/CNPT (Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot)
Sir Gâr (Carmarthenshire)
De Powys (South Powys)
Bro Morgannwg (Vale of Glamorgan)
Sir y Fflint (Flintshire)
A team of Cymraeg for Kids field officers provide specialist advice, information and support to prospective and new parents on the advantages of early bilingualism by draw attention to the following:
- Most children across the world speak two languages and therefore the sooner the child hears Welsh the better
- Every child in Wales has the right to speak Welsh and to be able to take advantage of the benefits of being bilingual through Welsh medium education
- The Welsh language is less likely to be transmitted to children where only one parent speaks Welsh. Only 45% in this group will transmit the language to their children.
- The transmission of Welsh from parent to child is fundamental to the longevity of the Welsh language.