This year two new schools, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd and Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, have joined the Cam wrth Gam Schools Scheme. 13 schools are part of this national scheme.
The qualification is suitable for individuals who want to work in care settings or in care, learning or child development services in Wales. The course contains mandatory and optional units covering babies, children and young people from 0-19 years old; with a mixture of ‘knowledge and understanding’ and ‘competence and skill’ units.
Pupils spend 1 day in the school with an experienced tutor, and 2/3 days on work experience within an early years setting. Assessors visit the pupils on location each month, to carry out observations and to set written tasks.
After earning the Level 3 Diploma qualification, pupils have the option of working as a Cylch Meithrin leader, a nursery assistant in a primary school, a primary school Foundation Phase Assistant, a nursery nurse or nursery assistant in a day nursery; or they have the option of following the extended part of the Diploma course.
Angharad Llwyd-Jones, Deputy Manager of Cam wrth Gam’s Schools Scheme, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Llangynwyd and Gwynllyw schools into the scheme this year, and look forward greatly to working with them and delivering the course through the medium of Welsh. It’s an exciting time, with the proposed changes to the Childcare qualifications coming in September 2019.”
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd Level 3 Students
Mr Meurig Jones, Head teacher of Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd, said:
“The Level 3 Diploma course in Care, Learning and Child Development offers a good balance of the academic and practical, with learners gaining real, hands-on experience of their field, which will spur them on to succeed. The work units lead to, and assist them with the work experience in the school.
The Cam wrth Gam provision is a good opportunity for learners to continue their studies through the medium of Welsh. In the past, we would have lost these learners to the English sector. As a school we have a responsibility to meet the demands of the local labour market, and the learners see the value of studying through the medium of Welsh.”
Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw Level 3 Students
Elan Bolton, Head teacher of Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, said,
“Ysgol Gyfyn Gwynllyw has invested in Mudiad Meithrin’s Cam wrth Gam Schools Scheme. We look forward to working with them in order to ensure the students following the course have a path to success, and to meeting the increasing need for nursery education in our area.”