On Saturday 29 September at 1.00pm Mudiad Meithrin held an Awards Ceremony for over 100 students who have qualified to Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development in the workplace through Mudiad Meithrin’s National Training Scheme
The ceremony was held at the Great Hall, Aberystwyth University campus. Amongst the guest speakers were Dr Siân Wyn Siencyn and Angharad Beynon, Account Executive of awarding body, CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education), who accredits the course.
Certificates were presented to learners by Meinir Howells, one of the presenters of S4C’s Ffermio programme.
The free National Training Scheme delivered by Mudiad Meithrin offers over 100 people the opportunity to train for the qualification in early years settings.
This year 130 students have already started the course which runs from September 2018 until August 2019.
Eunice Jones, National Manager of the Level 3 National Diploma and the Cam wrth Gam Schools Scheme, said:
“This Ceremony is a very special day to celebrate the success of the students. It is wonderful that so many qualify through the medium of Welsh and it is heartening to know that the majority of them have been appointed to jobs in early years settings.”
The course involves students working with children in early years settings for 16 hours a week during term time at either a Cylch Meithrin, Day Nursery or Welsh-medium Primary School. They also attend a series of seven workshops during the year.
Amongst the jobs those qualifying from the course can apply for after training are a leader at a Cylch Meithrin, After School Club, or Cylch Chwarae, or as a manager or deputy manager at a day nursery, or as a crèche practitioner or an assistant at a Cylch Meithrin, After School Club or a classroom assistant at a primary school.
To date the course has trained more than 2,100 practitioners qualified to work in the early years sector through the medium of Welsh. One who has qualified this year is Alaw Smith of Cylch Meithrin Terrig, Treuddyn, near Mold.
“I don’t come from a childcare background but the training offered through the course gave me a chance to change career direction. The fact that the course was free was an attraction to someone like me with a young family. I believe that holding the course in the workplace ensured I gained plenty of experience.”
Another student who completed her course this summer is Enfys Evans, of Meithrinfa’r Enfys, Cross Inn, near Llanon, Ceredigion.
“I chose the course because of the level of support available and the way the course is run. The workshops give you the chance to meet other people on the course which means that you can share experiences. Working at a placement is excellent because you get the opportunity to do hands-on work to develop your skills.”
Below are photos of the groups of CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development students from the different regions of Wales with their tutors and Meinir Howells the TV presenter.