During the last few weeks Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs as a whole organisation and a team have united in learning new ways to support the Out of School Childcare Sector. We have learned how difficult it has been for the many differently constituted settings to access support both financially and with advice and guidance to ensure they are able to support their staff, parents and the children that they care for throughout this pandemic.

I am confident that our sector has appreciated our support; all anecdotal evidence from phone calls, emails and social media messages demonstrates how vulnerable the sector has felt and how our keeping in touch has helped them to make decisions for their settings to attempt to survive.

Through our contact with settings it is more than apparent that there are many facets of the sector, that have ‘fallen through the funding cracks’. Settings are all constituted in different ways, from those that are Voluntarily Managed [both unincorporated and incorporated], run by a Sole Trader, or by a Partnership as well as those who are Private Limited Companies, and have in many ways been unable to access any funding to support them through this crisis both in the immediacy and for the future.

As a part of the CWLWM partnership, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs have sought to address these gaps by writing to and meeting with Welsh Government Ministers and officers, providing their officials with data about our Childcare settings and how they have been affected by the lack of funding available for the survival of large parts of the sector.

Some of the issues that have been highlighted, on behalf of the sector and to demonstrate the lack of support from both UK and Welsh Governments are:

Business Rates Relief Grant – settings cannot access this as they rent space in community buildings and thus are not the main rates payer.

Economic Resilience Fund, childcare businesses are exempt from VAT, but few turn over in excess of £85K so cannot access this fund either.

SEIS and Furlough – as a Limited Company, some Directors are not entitled to this funding as paid through dividend and not PAYE.

Insurance Cover we have challenged one of the main providers of insurance to Out of School Childcare sector, who are currently not paying out for loss of income under the Out of School Policies.

3rd Sector Resilience Fund and Voluntary Sector Emergency Fund settings who are not registered charities or Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO’s) are unable to access this fund, 37% of the sector is managed by VMCs and 61% of those are unincorporated

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs will continue to work with Welsh Government, by representing the Sector and work towards an appropriate funding mechanism being in place to ensure the Out of School Childcare Sector not only survives, but is able to revive and thrive and continue to be an integral part of the Welsh foundational economy.

Jane O’Toole

Chief Executive Officer

Yn ystod yr ychydig wythnosau diwethaf mae Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs fel cyfundrefn gyfan, ac fel tîm, wedi bod yn unedig yn dysgu ffyrdd newydd o gefnogi’r Sector Gofal Plant Allysgol. Rydym wedi dysgu pa mor anodd y mae wedi bod i’r nifer fawr o leoliadau, â chyfansoddiadau gwahanol, i gael mynediad at gefnogaeth, boed honno’n gefnogaeth ariannol neu’n gyngor  a chanllawiau, er mwyn sicrhau eu bod yn gallu cefnogi eu staff, y rhieni, a’r plant y maent yn gofalu amdanynt drwy gydol y pandemig hwn.

Rwyf yn hyderus bod ein sector wedi gwerthfawrogi ein cefnogaeth; mae’r holl dystiolaeth hanesiol o alwadau ffôn, e-byst a negeseuon cyfryngau cymdeithasol yn dangos pa mor fregus y mae’r sector wedi teimlo, a sut drwy gysylltu â nhw, yr ydym wedi’u helpu i ddod i benderfyniadau ynglŷn â’u lleoliadau er mwyn goroesi.

Drwy ein cyswllt â lleoliadau daeth yn fwy nag amlwg bod sawl agwedd ar y sector wedi ‘syrthio drwy’r rhwyd ariannu’. Mae cyfansoddiadau’r lleoliadau yn wahanol i’w gilydd, o’r rhai A Reolir yn Wirfoddol [yn anghorfforedig ac yn gorfforedig], rhai sy’n cael eu rhedeg gan Fasnachwyr Unigol, neu gan Bartneriaeth, yn ogystal â’r rhai hynny sydd yn Gwmnïau Preifat Cyfyngedig, ac sydd, mewn sawl ffordd, wedi bod yn analluog i gyrchu unrhyw ariannu i’w cefnogi drwy’r argyfwng hwn, ar gyfer y presennol a’r dyfodol.

Yn rhan o bartneriaeth CWLWM, mae Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs wedi ceisio mynd i’r afael â’r bylchau hyn drwy ysgrifennu at Weinidogion a swyddogion Llywodraeth Cymru, darparu data ar ein lleoliadau gofal plant ar gyfer eu swyddogion, a sut y maent wedi eu heffeithio gan brinder argaeledd ariannu i sicrhau goroesedd rhannau helaeth o’r sector.

Ymhlith rhai o’r materion y tynnwyd sylw atynt, ar ran y sector, ac er mwyn dangos prinder y gefnogaeth gan Lywodraethau’r DU a Chymru yw:

Grant Rhyddhau Ardrethi Busnes – ni all lleoliadau gyrchu hwn gan eu bod yn rhentu lle mewn adeiladau cymunedol, ac nid, felly, y prif dalwr ardrethi.

Cronfa Cadernid Economaidd  – mae busnesau gofal plant wedi eu heithrio rhag TAW, ond ychydig sydd â throsiant o dros £85K felly ni allant gyrchu’r gronfa hon ychwaith.

Cynllun Cymorth Incwm i’r Hunangyflogedig a Thâl Saib – nid oes gan rai Cyfarwyddwyr Cwmnïau Cyfyngedig hawl i’r ariannu hyn gan y cânt eu talu drwy ddifidend ac nid TWE.

Gwarchodaeth Yswiriant rydym wedi herio un o brif ddarparwyr yswiriant i’r sector Gofal Plant Allysgol, nad ydynt ar hyn o bryd yn talu am golled incwm o dan eu Polisïau Allysgol.

Cronfa Gwydnwch y 3ydd Sector a Chronfa Argyfwng y Sector Gwirfoddol nid oes modd i leoliadau nad ydynt yn elusennau cofrestredig nac yn Sefydliadau Elusennol Corfforedig (SECau) gael mynediad at y gronfa hon, rheolir 37% o’r sector gan Gynghorau a Reolir yn Wirfoddol ac mae 61% o’r rhain yn anghorfforedig.

Bydd Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs yn dal i weithio gyda Llywodraeth Cymru drwy gynrychioli’r Sector a gweithio tuag at gael mecanwaith ariannu priodol yn ei le i sicrhau bod y Sector Gofal Plant Allysgol nid yn unig yn goroesi, ond yn abl i adfywio a ffynnu, a pharhau i fod yn rhan annatod o economi sylfaenol Cymru.

Jane O’Toole

Prif Swyddog Gweithredol

In learning how difficult it has been for the many differently constituted settings to access support both financially and to support their staff, parents and the children that they care for throughout this pandemic much of our organisational focus has been around answering those challenges and developing resources to support settings to overcome those barriers. The primary challenges for childcare providers are; economic concerns, workforce challenges, supporting children and families through the crisis, and updating policies for reopening.

Support provided by Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs includes; signposting possible funding opportunities and supporting in completing those applications, compiling workforce logs for the Welsh Government detailing the open status of clubs and sourcing key workers for the childcare facilities which are still open, developing resources to support clubs, children and their families to help support them through the crisis and updating editable policies for clubs to utilise in their reopening.

As considered previously, it is more than apparent that there are many facets of the sector that have ‘fallen through the funding cracks’. Those very real challenges haven’t stopped our childcare providers from continuing to put the rights and needs of the children in their care to the forefront of their priorities. Some of the workforce has been redeployed to work in childcare hubs across Wales, for others furlough was not an option and they are currently enduring a period of unpaid uncertainty.

For those that are still working, ingenious ways have been developed to continue to support the families in their care. In many cases contact has continued in the form of Facetime/Whatsapp/Zoom and any number of other platforms which have facilitated the temporary move to remote children’s support. Initiatives like videos for families and children, regular meet ups between care providers and families of children with ALN is not a legal requirement, or policy, it is simply a reaction from childcare providers knowing that the children they care for continue to need them, now more than ever.

As a part of the CWLWM partnership, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs are continuing to assist childcare settings to support the children and families in their care. Our commitment to the sector is to ensure the Out of School Childcare Clubs not only survive, but are able to revive and thrive, continuing to be an integral part of the Welsh foundational economy. It is undoubtedly the case that children’s rights have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus crisis. Socioeconomic concerns, poorer diets, and an increase in sedentary behaviour have all been highlighted as possible ramifications to result from this crisis. A child’s right to education, good health and well-being, and the arts, have up until now, been reliant on services remaining open. It is now the responsibility of us all to ensure that Wales’ status as the leading Country for promoting children’s rights is not forgotten. Continuing promotion of children’s rights in Wales remains at the forefront of our commitments. Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs will be collating responses from our survey and answering consultations such as the Welsh Governments Children, Young People and Education Committee one which is exploring how the outbreak of Covid-19 is affecting all aspects of life for children and young people in Wales, to ensure that we represent the Out of School Childcare sectors voice when they look at how to shape the focus of our children’s transition back to normality.

Janine Elworthy

Childcare Business Development Officer / Welsh Language Support Officer

Wrth ddysgu pa mor anodd y mae hi wedi bod i’r lleoliadau â’u sawl gwahanol fath o gyfansoddiadau i gael gafael ar gymorth ariannol ac i gefnogi eu staff, rhieni a’r plant y maent yn gofalu drostynt drwy’r pandemig yma, mae rhan helaeth o’n ffocws fel cyfundrefn wedi bod ynghylch ateb yr heriau hynny a datblygu adnoddau i helpu lleoliadau i oresgyn y rhwystrau hynny. Y prif heriau i ddarparwyr gofal plant yw: pryderon economaidd, heriau i’r gweithlu, cefnogi plant a theuluoedd drwy’r argyfwng a diweddaru polisïau ar gyfer ailagor.

Mae’r gefnogaeth a ddarperir gan Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs yn cynnwys: cyfeirio at gyfleoedd ariannu posibl a chynorthwyo i gwblhau ceisiadau amdanynt, casglu ynghyd logiau gweithluoedd ar gyfer Llywodraeth Cymru, gan roi manylion statws clybiau o ran bod ar agor, a dod o hyd i weithwyr allweddol ar gyfer y cyfleusterau gofal plant sydd yn dal ar agor, gan ddatblygu adnoddau i gynorthwyo clybiau, plant a’u teuluoedd i’w helpu drwy’r argyfwng a diweddaru polisïau y gellir eu golygu i’w defnyddio ar eu hadeg ailagor.

Fel yr ystyriwyd yn flaenorol, mae hi’n fwy nag amlwg fod sawl agwedd ar y sector sydd wedi ‘syrthio drwy’r craciau ariannu’.  Nid yw’r heriau gwirioneddol hynny wedi rhwystro ein darparwyr gofal plant rhag parhau i roi’r flaenoriaeth bennaf i hawliau ac anghenion y plant yn eu gofal. Mae rhai o’r gweithlu wedi eu hadleoli i weithio mewn hybiau gofal plant ar draws Cymru; i eraill doedd saib o’u swydd ddim yn opsiwn ac maent ar hyn o bryd yn goddef cyfnod o ansicrwydd heb dâl.

I’r rhai sy’n dal i weithio, mae ffyrdd dyfeisgar iawn wedi eu datblygu i barhau i gefnogi’r teuluoedd yn eu gofal. Mewn sawl achos mae’r cyswllt wedi para ar ffurf  Facetime/Whatsapp/Zoom a nifer o lwyfannau eraill sydd wedi hwyluso’r symudiad dros dro i gefnogi plant o bell.  Nid yw cynlluniau megis fideos i deuluoedd a phlant, na chyswllt aml rhwng darparwyr gofal a theuluoedd plant ag Anghenion Dysgu Ychwanegol, yn ofyniad cyfreithiol; nid yw ond adwaith gan y darparwyr gofal plant sy’n gwybod bod ar y plant y maent yn gofalu amdanynt eu hangen o hyd, yn awr yn fwy nag erioed.

Yn rhan o bartneriaeth CWLWM, mae Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs yn parhau i gynorthwyo lleoliadau gofal plant i gefnogi’r plant a’r teuluoedd yn eu gofal.  Ein hymrwymiad i’r sector yw y byddwn yn sicrhau bod y Clybiau Gofal Plant Allysgol nid yn unig yn goroesi, ond â’r modd i ffynnu, gan barhau i fod  yn rhan annatod o economi sylfaenol Cymru.  Yn ddi-os, mae hawliau plant wedi eu heffeithio’n andwyol gan argyfwng y Coronafeirws.  Tynnwyd sylw at bryderon cymdeithasol-economaidd, dietau gwaeth a chynnydd mewn ymddygiad eisteddog fel canlyniadau posibl yr argyfwng hwn.  Hyd yma mae hawl plentyn i addysg, iechyd da a llesiant, a’r celfyddydau, wedi bod yn ddibynnol ar wasanaethau’n parhau ar agor.  Yn awr y mae’n gyfrifoldeb arnom oll i sicrhau nad anghofir statws Cymru yn brif wlad o ran hyrwyddo hawliau plant.  Mae parhau  i hyrwyddo hawliau plant yng Nghymru yn aros yn brif ymrwymiad gennym.  Bydd Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs yn casglu ynghyd yr ymatebion i’n harolwg ac yn ymateb i ymgynghoriadau megis o eiddo Pwyllgor Plant, Pobl Ifanc ac Addysg Llywodraeth Cymru, sy’n edrych ar sut y mae lledaeniad Covid-19 yn effeithio ar bob agwedd ar fywyd plant a phobl ifanc yng Nghymru. Gwnawn hyn er mwyn sicrhau ein bod yn cynrychioli llais y sector Gofal Plant Allysgol pan fyddant yn edrych ar sut i lunio ffocws trawsnewidiad ein plant yn ôl i normaledd.

Janine Elworthy

Swyddog Datblygu Busnes Gofal-Plant / Swyddog Cefnogi Iaith Gymraeg

Since the lockdown began Clybiau Plant Cymru Kid’s Clubs alongside our CWLWM partners have continued to support the childcare sector, albeit in a new way of working. During this time the childcare sector has developed ingenious ways of supporting those families who ordinarily would have used their service. Plans are currently being constructed to ensure the safe opening up of not only the childcare sector but the country, with the childcare sector being recognised as vital to the role they play in helping to rebuild the Welsh economy.

In ‘normal’ times [before Covid-19] many childcare settings contacted us as an organisation requesting support with regards to workforce challenges they faced, these have included new recruitment in the main due to lack of staff retention. Through continued support to our sector during the lockdown period, it is obvious that there are still concerns, many of which are payment of wages, concern that Childcare / Playwork Practitioners will return and possibly staff recruitment if they do not.

It has been said that it takes a crisis to bring people together, I have seen how the Covid-19 crisis has united the team that is Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs in learning new ways to support the Out of School Childcare Sector, but, uniting a team shouldn’t take a crisis. Recruiting new staff members who have the same ethos as the setting is time consuming along with a financial cost which is why where possible retention is more favourable than recruitment.

The Out of School Childcare workforce currently employs highly qualified, passionate and dedicated individuals, in recognising them I am sure you will agree that as a sector we need to retain those individuals moving forward as we look towards re-opening our doors.

The best team to have are those that are offered another position and yet decide to stay where they are. I realise this sounds like the dream team to have and while building a dream team doesn’t come easy, it takes work but I am confident you can achieve it.

As an employer it is important to recognise that there are 3 types of commitment an employee has towards you;

  • Type 1: Actively Engaged
  • Type 2: Not Engaged
  • Type 3: Actively Disengaged

In a perfect world you would have a team that is made up of all type 1’s and we live in the real world.

At Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs we have taken this opportunity to involve the whole team in the plans as to how it would look and work to turn to office life. I encourage all owners and management committees to do the same. Getting staff members actively involved in the planning process shows concern and commitment to their well-being along with recognising and valuing their input into the business. As an employer actively engaging with employees creates actively engaged employees who are committed to helping their Out of School Childcare Club revive and thrive.

Nicole Lovatt

Regional Manager, North Wales

Ers dechrau’r cyfnod clo mae Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs, ar y cyd â’n partneriaid yn CWLWM, wedi parhau i gefnogi’r sector gofal plant, er i hynny olygu gweithio mewn ffordd newydd. Yn ystod yr amser hwn mae’r sector gofal plant wedi datblygu ffyrdd dyfeisgar iawn o gefnogi’r teuluoedd hynny a fyddent fel arfer wedi bod yn defnyddio’u gwasanaeth.  Mae cynlluniau ar droed ar hyn o bryd i sicrhau agor diogel nid yn unig y sector gofal plant ond yr holl wlad, gan gydnabod rôl hollbwysig y sector gofal plant yn eu cymorth i ailadeiladu economi Cymru.

Mewn adegau ‘normal’ [cyn Covid-19] fe wnaeth nifero leoliadau gofal plant gysylltu â ni fel cyfundrefn yn gofyn am gefnogaeth o ran yr heriau parthed y gweithlu yr oeddent yn eu hwynebu.  Mae’r rhain wedi cynnwys recriwtio o’r newydd, oherwydd, gan fwyaf, diffyg cadw staff. Drwy gefnogaeth gyson i’n sector yn ystod y cyfnod clo, mae’n amlwg fod y pryderon yn parhau, nifer ohonynt o ran talu cyflogau, ynghylch a fydd Ymarferwyr Gofal Plant / Gwaith Chwarae yn dychwelyd, ac efallai recriwtio staff os na fyddant.

Dywedwyd sawl tro ei bod yn cymryd argyfwng i ddod â phobl at ei gilydd; rwyf i wedi gweld sut y mae argyfwng Covid-19 wedi uno’r tîm yn Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs, wrth ddysgu ffyrdd newydd o gefnogi’r Sector Gofal Plant Allysgol, ond ni ddylai gymryd argyfwng i uno tîm.  Mae recriwtio aelodau newydd o’r staff sydd â’r un ethos â’r lleoliad yn mynd ag amser, ac mae hefyd gost ariannol, a dyma pam y mae’n well cadw lle bo hynny’n bosibl, yn hytrach na recriwtio o’r newydd.

Mae’r  gweithlu Gofal Plant Allysgol ar hyn o bryd yn cyflogi unigolion cymwys y tu hwnt, sy’n angerddol ac yn ymroddgar. Wrth gydnabod y rhain rwy’n siŵr y cytunwch fod angen i ni fel sector gadw’r unigolion hynny wrth symud ymlaen ac wrth edrych tuag at ailagor ein drysau.

Y tîm gorau i’w gael i’w rhai hynny sy’n cael cynnig swydd arall ond eto sy’n dewis aros lle y maent.  Rwy’n sylweddoli bod hyn yn swnio fel y tîm delfrydol i’w gael, ac er nad yw meithrin tîm yn hawdd i’w wneud- mae’n golygu gwaith – rwy’n hyderus yn eich gallu i wneud hyn.

Fel cyflogwr, mae’n bwysig gweld bod gan gyflogai 3 math o ymroddiad tuag atoch:

  • Math 1: Sy’n Weithiol yn eu Hymgysylltiad
  • Math 2: Diffyg Ymgysylltu
  • Math 3: Sy’n Weithiol yn eu Diffyg Ymgysylltu

Mewn byd perffaith byddai gennych dîm â phawb yn deip 1, ac rydym ni’n byw yn y byd real.

Yn Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs rydym wedi cymryd y cyfle hwn i gynnwys y tîm llawn yn y cynlluniau ar gyfer sut fydd hi ar ddychwelyd i fywyd swyddfa.  Rwy’n annog perchennog a phwyllgor rheoli i wneud yr un fath.  Mae cael aelodau o’r staff i fod yn rhan o’r broses gynllunio yn dangos gofal ac ymrwymiad o ran eu llesiant, ynghyd ag yn rhoi gwerth ar eu mewnbwn i’r busnes.  Fel cyflogwr, mae ymgysylltu mewn ffordd weithiol â chyflogeion yn cynhyrchu cyflogeion sy’n weithiol yn eu hymgysylltiad, sy’n ymroddedig i helpu eu Clwb Gofal Plant Allysgol adfywio a ffynnu.

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Nicole Lovatt

Rheolwr Rhanbarthol, Gogledd Cymru

Dros yr ychydig fisoedd diwethaf mae Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs wedi bod yn gwrando i gael gwybod am yr heriau a’r pryderon sydd gan y Sector Gofal Plant Allysgol.  Ar y dechrau, rhai tymor byr ac ar-y-pryd oedd y rhain,  rhai megis dod o hyd i ariannu, rhoi staff ar saib swydd a dryswch ynghylch arweiniad a deddfwriaeth.  Ond wrth i fusnesau droi eu golwg at y dyfodol a’r hyn a ddaw i ran ei gwasanaethau o bosibl weddill 2020, un o’r prif bryderon yw’r nifer o leoedd a gymerir.

Mae’r Sector Gofal Plant ar y cyfan, er yn darparu gwasanaethau hanfodol i gefnogi adferiad yr economi, yn wynebu gostyngiad sylweddol arfaethedig yn y nifer y lleoedd a gymerir. Mae cynnydd mewn diweithdra, materion fforddiadwyedd (yn enwedig gyda’r ansicrwydd ynghylch y Cynnig Gofal Plant), ofnau rhieni/gofalwyr ynghylch anfon eu plant yn ôl i ysgolion/gofal plant, a mwy o gyflogwyr yn ystyried gweithio o gartref fel ateb tymor byr (ac weithiau tymor hirach), oll yn debygol o gael effaith andwyol ar ein Sector

Dyma pam, ei bod yn awr yn bwysicach nag erioed o’r blaen ein bod ni (Llywodraeth Cymru, Awdurdodau Lleol, cymunedau ac ysgolion) yn cefnogi gofal plant cofrestredig (neu ofal plant sy’n gweithio tuag at gofrestru) yn hytrach na’r dewisiadau eraill nas rheoleiddir. Mae Darparwyr Gofal Plant Allysgol sydd wedi cofrestru gydag Arolygiaeth Gofal Cymru (AGC) eisoes wedi gorfod goresgyn rhwystrau i ennill a chynnal cofrestriad. Mae’r rhain yn cynnwys cyflogi a chadw staff sydd wedi’u cymhwyso’n addas, cael mannau cyfarfod y gellir eu cofrestru ac annog cymryd nifer digonol o leoedd i gefnogi’r gwariant sy’n ofynnol wrth lynu at bolisïau, gweithdrefnau a chymarebau staffio. Mae nifer o’r materion hyn wedi eu dwysáu gan y pandemig presennol.

Gallai Darparydd Gofal Plant Allysgol oresgyn hyn oll, pe na bai clwb gweithgaredd nas rheoleiddir, neu gynllun o eiddo Llywodraeth Cymru (a allai fod â blaenoriaethau penodol, ond a a ddefnyddir yn aml i bwrpasau gofal plant) yn sefydlu eu hunain yn yr un man cyfarfod, neu fan cyfarfod gerllaw, ac yn cynnig lleoedd am ddim neu dipyn yn rhatach. Dyma fydd yr hoelen yn arch Sector sy’n ei chael yn anodd goroesi fel y mae. Ar y naill law rydym ni fel Cenedl yn datgan yr angen am ofal plant cofrestredig, yn atgyfnerthu ei bwysigrwydd drwy gynlluniau megis Gofal Plant Di-dreth, a’r Cynnig Gofal Plant, a groesewir wrth gwrs gan y sector. Ar y llaw arall rydym fel petaem yn cefnogi cystadleuwyr nas rheoleiddir – ac Awdurdodau Lleol yn hyrwyddo clybiau/cynlluniau nas rheoleiddir ar y cyfryngau cymdeithasol, ac ysgolion lleol yn dosbarthu taflenni’n hysbysebu Gwersylloedd Gweithgaredd Gwyliau. Mae hyn yn creu dadrithiad, rhwystredigaeth a’r teimlad o fod wedi’u bradychu ymhlith Darparwyr, a’r rhain wedi gweithio mor angerddol o galed i roi anghenion eu cymuned yn gyntaf, yn aml heb fawr o gymhelliad ariannol i wneud hynny.

Cyn y pandemig, roedd ein haelodau eisoes yn adrodd ar frwydr gynyddol i gystadlu â’r gweithgareddau hyn nad ydynt yn cael eu rheoleiddio, a rhai o’n haelodau hyd yn oed yn ystyried dadgofrestru a mynd drwy’r Gorchymyn Eithrio eu hunain i leihau’r angen am gofrestru (a’r costau sy’n dilyn). Byddai hyn yn ddi-os yn cael effaith sylweddol, negyddol ar ansawdd y gofal a fydd yn cael ei ddarparu, ac yn risg enfawr o ran Diogelu.

Mae Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs yn dal i groesawu adolygiad o’r Safonau Gofynnol Cenedlaethol (SGC) a’r Eithriadau, a hefyd yn annog agwedd gyfannol tuag at gynlluniau a blaenoriaethau Llywodraeth Cymru er mwyn sicrhau nad ydynt yn effeithio’n andwyol ar ein sector sylfaenol. I alluogi ein Sector i oroesi, adfer a ffynnu yn y dyfodol, mae angen y neges glir, gyson a diamwys bod Cymru’n mawrbrisio ac yn blaenoriaethu’r Sector Blynyddoedd Cynnar, Gofal Plant a Chwarae, a’r rôl hanfodol y bydd yn ei chwarae yn yr adferiad economaidd yn dilyn COVID-19.

Naomi Evans, Rheolwr Rhanbarthol De Ddwyrain Cymru

Throughout the past few months, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs has been listening to the challenges and concerns of the Out of School Childcare Sector. Initially, many of these were short term and immediate, including sourcing funding, furloughing staff and confusion over guidance and legislation. However, as businesses look to the future and what the remainder of 2020 is going to potentially hold for their services, one of the overriding concerns is that of places take up.

The Childcare Sector as a whole, whilst providing essential services to support the recovering economy, faces an anticipated significant drop in take up. A rise in unemployment, affordability issues (particularly with uncertainty over the Childcare Offer), parent/carer fears over sending children back to schools/childcare and more employers considering home working as short (and in some cases longer) term solutions are all likely to have a detrimental effect on our Sector.

Now more than ever, it is essential that we (Welsh Government, Local Authorities, communities, schools) support registered childcare (or childcare working towards registration) over unregulated alternatives. Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) Registered Out of School Childcare Providers have already had to overcome barriers to achieving and sustaining registration. These include employing and retaining suitably qualified staff, accessing registerable venues and encouraging sufficient take up of places to support the expenditure required of adhering to policies, procedures and staffing ratios. Many of these issues have been further amplified by the current pandemic.

An Out of School Childcare Provider could overcome all of this, only to have an unregulated activity club, or a Welsh Government scheme (which may have set priorities but will often be used for childcare purposes) set up within the same venue, or a venue nearby and offer free or significantly cheaper places. This will be the final nail in the coffin of a Sector that is struggling as it is to survive. In one breath we as a Nation are stating the need for registered childcare, reinforcing its importance through financial schemes such as Tax Free Childcare and the Childcare Offer, which are of course welcomed by the sector. However, in the next breath we are appearing to support unregulated competitors – with Local Authorities promoting unregulated clubs/schemes on social media, and with local schools disseminating flyers advertising Holiday Activity Camps. This is creating disillusionment, frustration and a feeling of betrayal for Providers who have passionately worked so hard to put the needs of their community first, often without much in the way of financial incentive to do so.

Prior to the pandemic, our members were already reporting an increasing struggle to compete with these unregulated activities, with some even considering deregistering and running through the Exceptions Order themselves to reduce the need for regulation (and subsequent costs). This would undoubtedly have a significant negative impact on the quality of care being provided and poses a huge Safeguarding risk.

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs continues to welcome the review of the National Minimum Standards (NMS) and Exceptions, as well as encouraging a holistic approach to Welsh Government schemes and priorities to ensure that they do not have a detrimental effect on our foundational sector. To enable our Sector to survive, revive and thrive in the future, there needs to be a clear, consistent and unanimous message that Wales values and prioritises the Early Years, Childcare and Play Sector and the essential role that it will play in the economic recovery following COVID-19.

Naomi Evans

South East Wales Regional Manager

Mewn blog blaenorol trafodwyd pwysigrwydd cadw staff a pha mor bwysig yw cael staff ‘ymgysylltu’n weithredol’. Fodd bynnag, mae yna adegau naill ai trwy staff yn gadael / ymddeol neu ehangu busnes y bydd angen i chi recriwtio staff newydd.

Mae yna gamau i’w cymryd wrth recriwtio aelodau staff newydd i’ch ‘tîm delfrydol’ a dylech bob amser ddilyn y ‘Polisi a Gweithdrefn Recriwtio’ sydd gennych yn ei le i recriwtio’r unigolion mwyaf addas a chymwys i gyflawni’r anghenion ac i gefnogi orau eich Gwasanaeth Gofal Plant.

Yn ogystal, mae yna gamau eraill yr hoffech eu hystyried ar gyfer arferion da. Mae’n debyg y byddwch yn penderfynu hysbysebu’r swyddi gwag yn y lleoedd arferol, ond ydych chi wedi ystyried gofyn i’r plant ddylunio poster i hysbysebu’r swydd wag? Fel y trafodwyd mewn blog blaenorol am gadw staff, mae cael staff sy’n Ymgysylltu’n Gweithredol yn hanfodol, beth am gynnwys aelodau staff yn y broses rhestr fer, neu wrth ddweud wrthych am nodweddion aelod da o’r tîm. Os ydych yn cynnwys aelodau staff yn y broses rhestr fer, mae’n syniad da cael gwared â gwybodaeth bersonol (mae hynny yn bosibl ar dudalen glawr) fel bod pob cais yn cael ei farnu yn ôl ei gynnwys (ac nid yr unigolyn). Gwnewch yn siŵr fod gennych ffordd i nodi pa dudalen glawr sy’n perthyn i ba gais.

Ar ôl ichi lunio rhestr fer o’r ceisiadau, efallai yr hoffech ofyn i’r ymgeiswyr ddod i’ch lleoliad ar gyfer ‘treial’. Mae dwy brif fantais i wneud hyn:

Yn gyntaf mae’n rhoi cyfle i chi weld sut maen nhw’n rhyngweithio â’ch tîm presennol o staff.

Yn ail, ac, mae’n siŵr, yn bwysicaf oll, mae’r plant yn cael cwrdd â nhw a rhyngweithio â nhw. Gwnewch yn siŵr eich bod yn cael adborth gan y plant o ran eu barn am y Ymarferydd Gofal Plant / Gweithiwr Chwarae posibl newydd.

Efallai yr hoffech ystyried cael o leiaf un plentyn ar y panel cyfweld, efallai y byddwch chi’n synnu at eu dirnadaeth. Mae cyfranogiad plant nid yn unig yn bwysig wrth gynllunio gweithgareddau yn eich lleoliad ond hefyd wrth recriwtio staff. Mae’r rhai sy’n gofalu am blant yn cael effaith uniongyrchol ar fywyd plentyn a dylent gael fod ynglŷn â phenderfynu, lle bo hynny’n briodol, pwy yw’r person hwnnw.

Gall Clybiau Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids ’eich cefnogi chi o ran sut i alluogi plant i gyfranogi yn eich proses recriwtio, boed hynny gan Swyddog Datblygu Busnes Gofal Plant neu drwy gyflenwi gweithdy clwb ‘ Cynnwys Plant wrth Recriwtio Staff’ (cyfradd ostyngol i aelodau)

Bydd caniatáu i aelodau staff, plant a phobl ifanc i gymryd rhan weithredol yn y broses eich galluogi i adeiladu eich ‘tîm delfrydol’ yn gyflymach.

Nicole Lovatt, Rheolwr Rhanbarthol, Gogledd Cymru

In a previous blog the importance of staff retention was discussed and how important it is to have ‘actively engaged’ staff. There are times however either through staff leaving/retiring or business expansion that you will need to recruit new staff.

There are steps to be taken when recruiting new staff members to your ‘dream team’ and you should always follow the ‘Recruitment Policy and Procedure’ that you have in place to recruit the most suitable and qualified individuals to fulfil the needs and to best support your Childcare Service.

Additionally, there are other actions you may wish to consider for good practice. You will probably decide to advertise the vacancies in the usual places, but, have you considered asking the children to design a poster to advertise the vacancy? As discussed in a previous blog about staff retention having Actively Engaged staff is vital, why not include staff members in the short-listing process, or in informing you of the characteristics of a good team member. If you are involving staff members in the short-listing process it is a good idea to remove personal information (that is possibly on a cover page) so that each application is judged on its content (and not the person). Please make sure you have a way to identify which cover page belongs to which application.

Once you have short-listed the applications, you may wish to ask the applicants to attend your setting for a ‘trial’. Doing this has two main advantages:

Firstly it gives you an opportunity to see how they interact with your existing staff team.

Secondly, and probably most importantly, the children get to meet and interact with them. Make sure you gain feedback from the children as to what they thought of their possible new Childcare Practitioner / Playworker.

You may also wish to consider having at least one child on the interview panel, you may be surprised at their insights. Children’s participation is not only important in activity planning in your setting but also in staff recruitment. Those looking after children have a direct impact in a child’s life and they should have involvement, where appropriate, as to who that person is.

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs can support you in how to enable children’s participation in your recruitment process, whether that is from a Childcare Business Development Officer or delivery of an ‘Involving Children in Staff Recruitment’ in club workshop (discounted rate for members)

Allowing both staff members, children and young people to Actively Engage in the process will enable you to build your ‘dream team’ all the more quickly.

Nicole Lovatt, Regional Manager, North Wales

Cydnabyddir yn eang yn y Sector Gofal Plant a Chwarae fod cydweithio rhwng ysgolion a Gofal Plant Allysgol cydweithio yn fuddiol y tu hwnt.  Mae bod â Gofal Plant fforddiadwy ar y safle’n bwynt gwerthu gwirioneddol i ysgol, a nifer o rieni yn awr yn dewis ysgolion nid yn unig ar sail dalgylch ond ar eu hanghenion a’u disgwyliadau hwy. Y mae hefyd yn gefn i blant sy’n elwa o gysondeb a’r hyn sy’n gyfarwydd iddynt.

Ac ysgolion a Gofal Plant yn awr yn ailagor yn dilyn lledaeniad COVID-19, mae angen rhoi mesurau gwarchodol yn eu lle.  Mae’r mwyafrif o ysgolion yn awyddus i Leoliadau ailagor.  A hybiau ysgol yn cael eu defnyddio i ddarparu gofal i blant gweithwyr allweddol drwy gydol y pandemig, dylid canmol staff ysgolion am eu parodrwydd i addasu.  Yn awr fod ysgolion yn ailagor, mae gan athrawon y dasg anferthol o  addasu eu  dysgu a’u hamgylcheddau i ddilyn canllawiau a chyfyngiadau newydd.  A nifer o Weithwyr Allweddol yn dal i fod angen yr oriau estynedig, gweithwyr nad ydynt yn rhai allweddol yn dychwelyd i’w gwaith, a staff Gofal Plant yn awyddus i ddychwelyd i’w rolau hwy, mae pob rheswm yn dweud y bydd gweithio mewn partneriaeth a defnyddio parodrwydd, sgiliau a phrofiad Gweithwyr Chwarae’n fanteisiol i ysgolion ac i Ofal Plant.  Er mwyn i hyn ddigwydd mae angen edrych ar Ofal Plant nid fel menter allanol ond fel rhan o gymuned yr ysgol a’r tîm cyfan.  Mae agwedd gyfannol tuag at addysg a gofal yn hollbwysig, nid yn unig i Ofal Plant, ond i addysg, i blant a’u teuluoedd.

Yr anhawster yw bod gan ysgolion ddyletswydd i gydymffurfio â’r canllawiau ar bellhau cymdeithasol a rheoli haint.  Cynghorir ysgolion i gyfyngu ar y nifer o bobl allanol ar y safle yn ogystal â’r angen i gyfyngu ar feintiau dosbarthiadau.  Bydd angen i ysgolion ddefnyddio’r ardaloedd a ddefnyddir gan Glybiau Gofal Plant Allysgol drwy gydol oriau’r ysgol.  Golyga hyn na fydd modd i’r mwyafrif o Glybiau Ôl-ysgol ailagor am weddill Tymor yr Haf, ac mae nifer yn ansicr a fydd hyn hefyd yn parhau i fis Medi.

Er ein bod fel Sector yn cydnabod yr anawsterau ynghlwm wrth ailagor mewn ysgolion ar hyn o bryd, ni all Gofal Plant oroesi os yw hyn yn parhau i’r tymor hir, ac mae’n hanfodol bod modd i Leoliadau ddechrau gwasanaethu ym mis Medi.  Er hynny, mae pryderon na fydd y cyfyngiadau hyn wedi esblygu erbyn hynny, ac y caiff hyn effaith andwyol ar y Sector Gofal Plant.  Bydd pellhau cymdeithasol yn parhau i fod yn ffactor pwysig a bydd angen i Glybiau Ôl-ysgol gynllunio ar gyfer hyn.  Yn ystod y cyfnod yma’n arbennig bydd gweithio mewn partneriaeth yn hanfodol, gan gydweithio ag ysgolion i gynllunio eu “swigod”.  Dywedir hyn yn glir yn yr Arweiniad ar y mesurau Diogelu, lle pwysleisir y dylai ysgolion, Lleoliadau a rhieni weithio gyda’i gilydd i sicrhau bod plant yn aros mewn grwpiau cyson er mwyn cyfyngu ar gysylltu, a lleihau’r risg o ledaenu’r feirws. Mae angen i ysgolion a Gofal Plant gydweithio â’i gilydd i edrych ar y lle sydd ar gael iddynt, a pha newidiadau dros dro i gytundebau rhent y gellir eu caniatáu.  A all Clybiau ddefnyddio unrhyw ystafell arall fel y gallant ddarparu gofal ar gyfer digon o blant gan hefyd gadw at swigod bychain, cyson? Sut fydd y ddau barti’n sicrhau y cymerir mesurau i sicrhau rheoli haint ar y safle drwyddo draw?

Mae’r ffordd ymlaen yn ansicr. Daw’r amser pan fydd yn rhaid i fwy o bobl ddychwelyd i’w mannau gwaith, a phan ddigwydd hyn bydd bod â Gofal Plant digonol hyd yn oed yn fwy hanfodol.  Os na fydd modd i ofal plant ailddechrau yn fuan, gallem golli’r busnesau hyn yn gyfangwbl.  Bydd bod â phartneriaeth waith gref rhwng ysgolion a gofal plant o’r pwys pennaf i sicrhau na ddigwydd hyn.

Becky Hall

Swyddog Datblygu Busnesau Gofal Plant, De Ddwyrain Cymru

It has been widely accepted within the Childcare and Play Sector that partnership working between schools and Out of School Childcare has a huge benefit. Having affordable Childcare on site is a real selling point for a school, with many parents now choosing schools not purely based on catchment area but on their needs and expectations. It also supports the children who benefit from consistency and familiarity.

With schools and Childcare now re-opening following the COVID-19 outbreak, protective measures need to be implemented. Most schools are keen for Settings to re-open. With school hubs being used to provide care for keyworker children throughout the pandemic, school staff should be commended for their adaptability. Now that schools are re-opening, teachers have the inordinate task of adapting their teaching and environments to follow new guidelines and restrictions. With many Critical Workers still needing the extended hours, non-critical workers returning to work and with Childcare staff keen to get back to their roles, it stands to reason that partnership working and utilising the willingness, skills and experience of Playworkers will benefit both schools and Childcare. For this to happen, Childcare needs to be viewed not as an external venture but as part of the school community and team as a whole. A holistic approach to education and care is vital not just for Childcare but for education, children and their families.

The difficulty is that schools have a duty to conform with social distancing and infection control guidelines. Schools are advised to limit external persons on site, as well as a need to limit class sizes. Areas that are utilised by Out of School Childcare Clubs are going to be needed to be used by schools for the duration of the school day. This means that most After School Clubs will be unable to reopen for the remainder of the Summer Term, with many unsure about whether this will also continue into September.

Whilst as a Sector we recognise the difficulties of re-opening within schools at this time, Childcare businesses cannot survive if this continues long term and it is essential that Settings are allowed to commence their services in September. However, there are fears that these restrictions will not have evolved by then and this will have an adverse effect on the Childcare Sector. Social distancing will still be an important factor and After School Clubs will need to plan for this. It will be during this that partnership working will be essential, working together with schools to plan their “bubbles”. This is clearly stated in the Protective measures Guidance where it is highlighted that schools, Settings and parents should work together to ensure children remain in consistent groups to limit contact and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Schools and Childcare need to work together to look at the space available, and what temporary amendments to rental agreements could be allowed. Can Clubs utilise any other room to allow them to provide care for enough children while still keeping to small, consistent bubbles? How will both parties ensure infection control measures are taken throughout the site?

The road ahead is uncertain. The time will come where more people will have to return to work places and when this happens, having sufficient Childcare available is going to be even more essential. If childcare is unable to resume soon, we could lose these businesses altogether. Having a strong working partnership between schools and childcare is going to be paramount to make sure that this doesn’t happen.

Becky Hall
Childcare Business Development Officer, South East Wales

The outbreak of Covid-19, whilst bringing with it many challenges, has also demonstrated the amazing community spirit that exists across Wales, and how individuals unite to support each other and valued services within their community. Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs has always advocated for partnership working between Out of School Childcare Clubs and the owners of their rented venues, whether it be schools, private landlords or church/community building committees. Within a recent blog, we focused on the need for Schools and Childcare Providers to work in partnership to meet the needs of their local community and to enable school based Out of School Childcare Provision to re-open following the Pandemic.

In a recent survey conducted by Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs, 92% of Out of School Childcare Clubs anticipated that there would be a drop in take up of places when they were able to re-open for the wider public. Most Childcare Providers are currently reviewing policies and procedures to determine how they can follow social distancing guidelines as well as forecasting potential income and expenditure to see whether they can run in a sustainable way. With limited funding available to the majority of the Out of School Childcare Sector outside of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employment Income Support Scheme, Providers are reliant on having sufficient income (through fees) to cover essential expenditure (staffing, insurance, rent, professional fees and consumables).

One valuable way in which schools, landlords, Local Authorities or committees can support the survival of local Childcare Providers is by temporarily altering fees charged for utilising their premises. Very few Out of School Childcare Providers make a substantial profit outside of that which is taken up by core costs. With a significantly reduced income anticipated, either due to having to reduce capacity in the short term whilst social distancing measures are required, or due to factors that may limit take up later in the year (rising unemployment or continued parental home working), it is likely to take time for Childcare Providers to recover financially and build back up to pre-Covid income levels.

As a landlord, you may have been able to apply for financial support such as the Business Rates Relief Grant, some of which could be utilised to support community focused ventures operating from your premises such as Out of School Childcare Clubs to allow them to run sustainably during this challenging period. A community venue in Cardiff has chosen to take this route and is subsidising the rent of the Childcare Provider using their hall by the percentage that they have had to reduce their capacity by to meet current social distancing requirements.

Where possible, landlords/schools/committees could look at temporarily reducing rent charged to valuable community assets even where a grant has not been accessed. Supporting Childcare Providers during this critical period will enable them to take the time needed to revive whilst supporting parents/carers in your community to return to employment. Meetings between landlords and Childcare Providers to communicate effectively, discuss challenges and potential resolutions, even if this is committing to a rental charge freeze for the remainder of the year rather than offering a reduction, will hopefully reduce the likelihood of quality Childcare Providers running unsustainably, being forced to delay re-opening or closing completely.

The Early Years, Childcare and Play Sector will play an essential role in the economic recovery following Covid-19 and so it is imperative that collectively we recognise their value and support these businesses to survive.

Naomi Evans

South East Wales Regional Manager

Mae ymlediad Covid-19, er iddo ddod â sawl sialens yn ei sgil, hefyd wedi dangos yr ysbryd cymunedol rhyfeddol sy’n bodoli ar hyd a lled Cymru, a sut y mae unigolion yn uno i gefnogi ei gilydd a’r gwasanaethau yn eu cymuned sy’n werthfawr yn eu golwg.  Mae Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs erioed wedi bod yn o blaid Clybiau Gofal Plant Allysgol yn gweithio mewn partneriaeth â  pherchnogion y mannau cyfarfod y maent yn eu rhentu, boed y rheiny’n ysgolion, landlordiaid preifat neu bwyllgorau eglwysi/adeiladau cymunedol.  Mewn blog diweddar fe wnaethom ganolbwyntio ar yr angen i Ysgolion a Darparwyr Gofal Plant weithio mewn partneriaeth â’i gilydd i ateb anghenion eu cymuned leol a galluogi Darpariaethau Gofal Plant Allysgol i ailagor yn dilyn y Pandemig.

Mewn arolwg diweddar a gynhaliwyd gan Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs, rhagwelodd 92% o’r Clybiau Gofal Plant Allysgol y byddai gostyngiad yn y nifer o leoedd a fyddai’n cael eu cymryd pan fyddai modd iddynt ailagor i’r cyhoedd yn gyffredinol.  Mae’r mwyafrif o Ddarparwyr Gofal Plant yn adolygu eu polisïau a’u gweithdrefnau ar hyn o bryd i weld a allant ddilyn y canllawiau ar bellter cymdeithasol yn ogystal ag i gael rhagolwg o’r incwm a’r gwariant posibl i weld p’un a allent redeg mewn ffordd gynaliadwy.  Ac ariannu cyfyngedig ar gael i’r mwyafrif o’r Sector Gofal Plant y tu allan i’r Cynllun Cadw Swyddi Coronafeirws a’r Cynllun Cymorth Incwm Hunangyflogaeth, mae Darparwyr yn ddibynnol ar gael incwm digonol (drwy ffioedd) i gyfateb â gwariant hanfodol (staffio, yswiriant, rhent, ffioedd proffesiynol a deunydd traul).

Un ffordd werthfawr y gall ysgolion, landlordiaid, Awdurdodau Lleol neu bwyllgorau gefnogi goroesedd  Darparwyr Gofal Plant lleol yw drwy newid dros dro y ffioedd a godir am ddefnyddio eu hadeilad.  Ychydig iawn o Ddarparwyr Gofal Plant Allysgol sy’n gwneud elw mawr y tu hwnt i’r hyn a lyncir gan gostau craidd.  Â rhagolwg o incwm dipyn yn llai, naill ai oherwydd gorfod lleihau eu capasiti yn y tymor byr tra bo mesurau pellter cymdeithasol yn ofynnol, neu oherwydd ffactorau a allai gyfyngu ar nifer y lleoedd a gymerir yn nes ymlaen yn y flwyddyn (cynnydd mewn diweithdra neu rieni’n parhau i weithio o gartref), y mae’n debygol y cymer amser i Ddarparwyr Gofal Plant adfer yn ariannol ac adeiladu yn ôl i’r lefelau cyn-Covid.

Fel landlord, efallai y bu modd i chi wneud cais am gymorth ariannol megis Grant Rhyddhau Ardrethi Busnes, y gellir defnyddio rhan ohono o gefnogi mentrau cymunedol eu bryd, sy’n gweithredu o’ch adeilad, rhai megis Clybiau Gofal Plant Allysgol, i roi cyfle iddyn nhw redeg mewn ffordd gynaliadwy yn ystod y cyfnod heriol hwn.  Mae man cyfarfod cymunedol yng Nghaerdydd wedi  dewis cymryd y llwybr hwn ac y mae’n cymorthdalu rhent y Darparydd Gofal Plant sy’n defnyddio’u neuadd yn ôl y ganran y maen nhw wedi gorfod lleihau eu capasiti i ateb y gofynion presennol ar bellter cymdeithasol.

Lle bo hynny’n bosibl, gallai landlordiaid/ysgolion/pwyllgorau edrych ar ostwng dros dro y rhent a godir ar asedau cymunedol gwerthfawr, hyd yn oed lle na chafwyd mynediad at grant.  Bydd cefnogi Darparwyr Gofal Plant, dros y cyfnod hollbwysig yma, yn eu galluogi i gymryd yr amser sydd ei angen arnynt i adfywio, tra byddant yn cefnogi rhieni/gofalwyr yn eich cymuned i ddychwelyd i fyd cyflogaeth. Bydd cyfarfodydd rhwng landlordiaid a Darparwyr Gofal Plant i gyfathrebu’n effeithiol, trafod heriau ac atebion posibl, hyd yn oed os yw hyn yn ymrwymo i rewi’r hyn a godir mewn rhent am weddill y flwyddyn yn hytrach na rhoi gostyngiad, gobeithir, yn lleihau’r tebygolrwydd o Ddarparwyr Gofal Plant o ansawdd yn cynnal eu gwasanaeth mewn ffordd anghynaladwy, gan gael eu gorfodi i oedi ailagor neu gau yn gyfangwbl.

Bydd y Sector Blynyddoedd Cynnar, Gofal Plant a Chwarae â rôl hanfodol yn yr adferiad economaidd yn dilyn Covid-19, ac felly mae’n hollbwysig ein bod, ar y cyd, yn cydnabod eu gwerth, ac yn cefnogi’r busnesau hyn i oroesi.

Naomi Evans

Rheolwr Rhanbarthol De Ddwyrain Cymru

Cynyddu Gwydnwch Busnes yn eich Lleoliad Gofal Plant

Daeth pandemig Covid-19 a’r dirywiad economaidd cysylltiedig â bygythiad difrifol i’r sector gofal plant. Er y gwyddom y bydd gofal plant hygyrch ar gynnydd unwaith eto wrth i rieni/gofalwyr ddychwelyd i’w gwaith, mae pryderon  ar raddfa eang ynghylch cynaliadwyedd.

Rhagwelir gan lawer ostyngiad mewn presenoldeb ac felly’r incwm o ffioedd. Mae’r Cynllun Cadw Swyddi Coronafeirws a’r Cynllun Cymhorthdal Incwm i’r Hunangyflogedig wedi bod yn achubiaeth o ran cadw staff gwerthfawr, sef asedau allweddol eich busnes gofal plant, ond wrth ddechrau meddwl am ailagor, mae pryder mawr ynghylch  sut y gall busnesau gofal plant ateb yr holl gostau drwy incwm ffioedd yn unig.

Bydd rhagolwg llif arian yn eich helpu i gadw ar y llwybr cywir tuag at gynaliadwyedd. Ei bwrpas yw rhagweld incwm a gwariant am y flwyddyn a’ch helpu i ragweld, yna i wneud penderfyniadau ymarferol a gosod prosesau yn eu lle i osgoi colledion ariannol.  Llif arian gwael yw un o’r prif resymau am fethiant busnesau.  Gellir hefyd ei ddefnyddio i arddangos eich cynaliadwyedd yn y tymor hir (a/neu’r angen yn y tymor byr am gymorth ariannol wrth roi strategaethau newydd i gefnogi cynaliadwyedd yn eu lle).  Mae gan Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs weminar byr, templedi rhagolwg llif arian hawdd i’w defnyddio ac adnoddau ar ariannu, gyda chefnogaeth Swyddogion Datblygu Busnesau Gofal Plant (SDBG).    Gellir hefyd ei ddefnyddio i ddangos i arianwyr fod gennych system cynllunio ariannol gynhwysfawr.

Bydd gwella fforddiadwyedd eich Lleoliad Gofal plant hefyd yn hwb ychwanegol i  bresenoldeb, incwm a chynaliadwyedd. Bydd bod wedi’ch cofrestru gydag Arolygiaeth Gofal Cymru (AGC) yn rhoi cyfle hefyd i chi gofrestru gyda CThEM am Ofal Plant Di-dreth. (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-free-childcare-top-things-childcare-providers-should-know), gan alluogi rhieni cymwys sy’n gweithio i gael cyfraniad o 20% gan y llywodraeth tuag at ffioedd a chydag Awdurdodau Lleol o ran y Cynnig Gofal Plant – pan ddaw yn ôl – gan alluogi rhieni/gofalwyr plant 3-4 blwydd oed sy’n gweithio i gael  30 awr yr wythnos o addysg blynyddoedd cynnar a gofal plant. Mae cofrestru gydag AGC hefyd yn rhoi sicrwydd i rieni ynghylch ansawdd, a gallech ddefnyddio hyn i hyrwyddo’ch lleoliad. Mae gan Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs dempled marchnata y gallwch ei addasu i hyrwyddo’r ffaith eich bod yn gofrestredig gydag AGC yn arwydd o ansawdd a fforddiadwyedd.

Mae’r dull o wneud cais i AGC wedi newid i fod yn ddull byrrach, symlach ac ar-lein; gall y SDBG gynnig help gyda hwn.

Mae cyfyngu eich atebolrwydd ariannol fel perchnogion busnes/aelodau pwyllgor hefyd yn hollbwysig.  Mae hwn wedi bod yn amser pryderus i bob busnes, ac nid yw cwmnïau yswiriant bob wedi talu allan bob tro.  Hefyd, bydd rhai arianwyr yn dyfarnu grantiau i Leoliadau corfforedig yn unig (sef rhai a gydnabyddir yn gorfforaeth gyfreithiol). Mae yn awr yn amser da i adolygu eich llywodraethiad, gyda’n cefnogaeth ni, a sicrhau bod perchnogion/aelodau’r pwyllgor wedi ‘u diogelu’n ddigonol. P’un a ydynt wedi’u rheoli’n breifat neu drwy bwyllgor rheoli gwirfoddol, gallwch gyfyngu’ch atebolrwydd personol drwy ddod yn gorfforedig (e.e. drwy gofrestru fel Sefydliad Corfforedig Elusennol).

I adlewyrchu ar bob agwedd ar eich lleoliad, gellir cwblhau’r Asesiad Gofal Plant Allysgol  https://forms.gle/AYYo6yNX6h8PXRZh7  ar-lein a gall hefyd ffurfio rhan o’ch Adolygiad Ansawdd Gofal i AGC.  Gall hyn gyfrannu at gynllun gweithredu y gellir ei gwblhau gyda’ch SDBG i wella ansawdd, cynaliadwyedd a chadernid eich busnes gofal plant.

Mae gan bartneriaid Cwlwm, bob un, arfau sector-benodol, adnoddau a staff i atgyfnerthu cynllunio ariannol, ymgeisio am ariannu, dod yn gofrestredig gydag AGC a dod yn gorfforedig, yn ogystal ag ar gyfer adrannau eraill o’ch busnes.

Peidiwch ag anghofio i barhau ag unrhyw arfer newydd sydd wedi gweithio’n dda yn ystod y cyfnod clo/gweithredu cyfyngedig, megis cyfarfodydd rhithwyr gyda’r staff neu ymgysylltu ar-lein â theuluoedd.

Bydd eich gallu i adfywio a ffynnu yn y misoedd i ddod yn hanfodol i blant a theuluoedd sy’n gweithio, a bydd cynyddu’ch gwydnwch yn eich gwneud yn fwy tebygol o allu goroesi yn y tymor hir.

Alex Fudge, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs

Building Business Resilience in your Childcare Setting

The Covid-19 pandemic and associated economic downturn has posed a serious threat to the childcare sector.  Although we know that as parents/carers return to work, demand for quality, affordable, accessible childcare will peak once again, sustainability concerns are widespread.

There is a widely anticipated reduction in attendance and therefore fee income.  The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employment Income Support Scheme have been a lifeline to retain valuable staff, the key assets of your childcare business, but as thoughts turn to re-opening, how childcare businesses can cover all costs through fee income alone is a major concern.

A cash flow forecast will help you stay on track to sustainability.  It is used to predict income and expenditure for the year and help you anticipate and then make practical decisions and set processes in place to avoid financial shortfalls.  Poor cash flow is one of the main reasons for business failure.  It can also be used to demonstrate to funders that you have comprehensive financial planning in place, and to demonstrate your long-term sustainability (and/or short term need for financial support whilst new strategies to support sustainability are put into place).  Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs has a short webinar, easy to use cashflow forecast templates and resources on funding, with support available from   Childcare Business Development Officers (CBDOs).

Improving the affordability of your Childcare Setting will also help boost attendance, income and sustainability.  Being registered with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) will allow you to also register with HMRC for: Tax Free Childcare (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-free-childcare-top-things-childcare-providers-should-know), enabling eligible working parents to access a government contribution of 20% towards fees and; with Local Authorities for The Childcare Offer – when it resumes – enabling working parents/carers of 3-4 year olds to access 30 hours per week of fully funded early years education and childcare.  CIW registration also provides reassurance of quality to parents, which you can use in the promotion of your setting.    Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs has a marketing template you can customise to promote CIW registration as an indicator of quality and affordability.

CIW’s application to register has moved to a shorter and simpler online method, with which CBDOs can help.

Limiting your personal financial liability as business owners/committee members is also crucially important.  This has been a worrying time for all businesses and insurance companies have not always paid out.   In addition, some funders will only award grants to Settings that are incorporated (recognised as a legal corporation).  Now is a good time to review your governance with our support and ensure owners/committee members are adequately protected.  Whether managed privately or by a voluntary management committee, you can limit personal liability by becoming incorporated (e.g registering as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation).

To reflect on all aspects of your setting, the Out of School Childcare Assessment (OSCA) https://forms.gle/AYYo6yNX6h8PXRZh7 can be completed online and could also form part of your Quality of Care Review for CIW.   This can help inform an action plan that can be completed with your CBDO to enhance the quality, sustainability and robustness of your childcare business.

Cwlwm partners all have sector specific tools, resources and staff to support financial planning, applying for funding, becoming registered with CIW and becoming incorporated as well as for other areas of your business.

Don’t forget to continue any new practice that has worked well during lockdown/reduced operation such as virtual meetings with staff or online engagement with families.

Your ability to revive and thrive in the coming months will be essential to children and working families and building business resilience will see you more likely to endure long term.

Alex Fudge, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs

Cefnogi eich lleoliad Gofal Plant Allysgol i adfywio – negodiadu rhent

Mae Cybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs wedi ysgrifennu nifer o flogiau i gefnogi’r Sector Gofal Plant Allysgol gyda’r nod o helpu i hysbysu’r holl bobl berthnasol.

Yn ddiweddar fe wnaethom ysgrifennu blog ar “weithio mewn partneriaeth a rhent”.  Roedd hwn wedi ei anelu at landlordiaid, yn cynnwys Awdurdodau Lleol ac Ysgolion.  Mae bod yn llais y Sector Gofal Plant Allysgol yng Nghymru wedi rhoi cyfle i ni ddod â materion perthnasol i sylw ein cydweithwyr yn Llywodraeth Cymru a thynnu sylw at yr heriau presennol sy’n wynebu’r Lleoliadau yr ydym yn eu cefnogi, yn eu mysg nifer sydd wedi bod mewn cysylltiad drwy e-bost a thros y ffôn yn ystod y pandemig.

Er ein bod yn gwybod y bydd angen digon o ofal plant o ansawdd i alluogi rhieni/gofalwyr i ddychwelyd i’w gwaith, mae’r pryderon ar raddfa eang yn y Sector Gofal Plant  o ran cynaliadwyedd (mewn arolwg diweddar roedd 92% o Glybiau Gofal Plant Allysgol yn rhagweld gostyngiad yn nifer y lleoedd a fyddai’n cael eu cymryd, af felly ostyngiad yn eu hincwm, pan fydd modd iddynt ailagor).

Un enghraifft o her yn cael ei hwynebu gan Leoliad yw lle roeddent wedi eu lleoli mewn ysgol, ac wedi methu â chael mynediad at eu man cyfarfod oherwydd bod yr ysgol yn cael ei defnyddio fel hwb.  Ond, roedd y landlord hwnnw’n dal i ddisgwyl iddynt dalu eu rhent, er iddynt gael cynnig cyfnod “gwyliau” o 3 mis i ganiatáu amser iddynt dalu.

Pryder arall sydd wedi effeithio ar yr holl Glybiau Gwyliau sydd wedi eu lleoli mewn ysgolion mewn un Awdurdod Lleol yr haf hwn yw’r taliad ychwanegol o £36 y diwrnod i gwmni diogelu i agor a chloi’r ysgol pan na fydd y gofalwr ar gael, er mai Lleoliadau Gofal Plant wedi eu hen sefydlu a fu o’r blaen yn gyfrifol am hyn.  Mewn gwirionedd, mae’r Clwb Gwyliau nid yn unig yn rhoi hafan gyfarwydd i blant dderbyn gofal, gyda digonedd o gyfleoedd i chwarae, cymdeithasu a datblygu pan fydd eu rhieni’n gweithio, ond hefyd, drwy fod yn bresennol yn yr ysgol drwy gydol toriad  hir yr haf, maent yn diogelu’r ysgol rhag fandaliaeth, a byddent hyd yn oed yn lleihau risgiau, er enghraifft, y bygythiad o Legionella.

Fel cymuned gyfan, yn awr yw’r amser i gynnal trafodaethau ystyriol ac adeiladol drwy bob adran o ran negodi rhenti.  Yn rhan o’r trafodaethau hyn, dylid gadw mewn cof:

Ddeddf “The Coronavirus Act 2020” a gyflwynodd foratorium ar landlordiaid a oedd yn dechrau achosion fforffediad lle na thalwyd rhent.

[https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-practice-for-the-commercial-property-sector]

 

Estynnodd Llywodraeth Cymru y cyfnod moratorium hwn yn ddiweddar o 30 Mehefin i 30 Medi, ac adolygiad pellach o’r dyddiad hwn i ddod ym mis Awst.

[https://gov.wales/welsh-government-extend-measures-protect-businesses-impacted-coronavirus-eviction-during-summer]

Er nad ydym yn ystyried y byddai unrhyw landlord yn hel allan Glwb  Gofal Plant Allysgol o ganlyniad ddiffyg taliadau rhent, ac yn wir rydym yn ffyddiog y byddent yn  gefnogol i negodi gostyngiadau dros dro neu ryddhad o ran taliadau rhent tra bydd rhywrai’n methu â chyrchu’r man cyfarfod; dylid ystyried y cod ymarfer hwn. Dywed y rhagair y bydd y cod yma’n cefnogi busnesau i ddod at ei gilydd i negodi cytundebau rhent fforddiadwy. Dylai lleoliadau gofal plant ddefnyddio dau bwynt o’r cod i’w cynorthwyo wrth iddynt barhau i negodi.

“2. …..Golyga hyn fod yn rhaid i landlordiaid a thenantiaid gydweithio â’i gilydd, a bydd llawer ohonynt yn awyddus i ddod o hyd i drefniadau dros dro, a lle bo’n bosibl rhai cynaliadwy, y tu hwnt i lythyren bresennol eu prydlesi er mwyn creu cynllun adferiad ar y cyd.”

 

“20. Dylai tenantiaid sy’n ceisio gostyngiadau egluro i’w landlordiaid y rheswm y mae angen y rhain.  Golyga hyn baratoi i fod yn dryloyw, ac esbonio’u cais drwy ddarparu gwybodaeth ariannol am eu busnes.  Dylai hyn fod i raddau priodol a pherthnasol, a gallai wahaniaethu o achos i achos. Dylai landlordiaid roi gostyngiadau lle y gallant yn rhesymol wneud hynny, gan ystyried eu dyletswyddau ymddiriedol eu hunain a’u hymrwymiadau ariannol, a dylai landlordiaid sy’n bwriadu gwrthod caniatáu gostyngiadau egluro’u rhesymau i’w  tenantiaid.  Golyga hyn roi esboniad rhesymol o’u rhesymau, a fyddai, yn amlwg, wedi ystyried y wybodaeth a roddwyd gan y tenant.  Bydd y ddau barti am ystyried sut i ddiogelu gwybodaeth sy’n fasnachol sensitif fel rhan o’r broses hon.

 

Gall Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs eich cynorthwyo i baratoi rhagolwg llif arian ynghyd ag ar drafodaethau ynghylch rhenti rhesymol.  Cysylltwch â ni os ydych yn ei chael yn anodd negodi gyda’ch Landlord, neu os oes angen help arnoch o ran ailagor eich lleoliad.

Yn rhan o’n prosiect, Cysylltu a Chefnogi Clybiau Gofal Plant Allysgol a Chymunedau, sydd wedi ei ariannu gan Gronfa Gymunedol y Lotri Genedlaethol, rydym yn cynnig y gweminarau canlynol sydd YN DDI-DÂL*:

 

  • Paratoi at Ailagor eich Lleoliad Gofal Plant wedi Covid-19. Bydd y weminar hon yn eich cyfeirio at arweiniad ac adnoddau y bydd eu hangen arnoch ar gyfer pob agwedd ar eich lleoliad i’ch helpu i ailagor wedi Covid-19. Bydd hefyd yn rhoi cyfleodd i chi drafod gyda ni, a chyda darparwyr eraill, sut i roi polisi ar waith.

Click here for more information on these webinars

 

  • Gwaith Chwarae wedi Covid-19. Gan adeiladu ar ein cyhoeddiad diweddar, a’r rhifyn arbennig o’r Bont sydd i ddod, bydd y digwyddiadau hyn yn rhoi syniadau ymarferol ar sut i ddarparu cyfleoedd chwarae, ymdrin â swigod a hyrwyddo llesiant cadarnhaol.  Bydd hefyd yn rhoi cyfleodd i drafod gyda ni, a gyda darparwyr eraill, eich heriau a’ch profiadau, ac ennill cefnogaeth ystyrlon.

Click here for more information on these webinars

Ebostiwch webinar@clybiauplantcymru.org i dderbyn ein gweminar ar Gynllunio Ariannol a Llif Arian.

* Mae gweminarau ar hyn o bryd yn ddi-dâl, ond mae’n bosibl y cyfyngir y niferoedd i 2 berson o bob Lleoliad.  Rhoddir y flaenoriaeth i Aelodau; ewch i www.clybiauplantcymru.org/members.asp am fanylion ar sut i ymuno â ni.

Cysylltwch â ni am wybodaeth bellach:

( :
Caerdydd 029 2074 1000 info@clybiauplantcymru.org
Bae Colwyn 01492 536318 Info-nw@clybiauplantcymru.org
Cross Hands 01269 831010 Info-ww@clybiauplantcymru.org
www.clybiauplantcymru.org

Jane O’Toole

Prif Swyddog Gweithredol, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs

Supporting your Out of School Childcare setting to revive – rent negotiations

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs has written a number of blogs to support to the Out of School Childcare Sector with the aim to help inform all involved.

Recently we wrote a blog on “partnership working and rent”. This was aimed at landlords, including Local Authorities and Schools. Being the voice of the Out of School Childcare Sector in Wales has allowed us to bring pertinent issues to the attention of our Welsh Government colleagues and highlight the current challenges that are facing the Settings that we support, many of whom have been in contact by email and phone throughout the pandemic.

Even though we know that for parents/carers return to work there needs to be sufficient quality childcare, sustainability concerns are widespread within the Childcare Sector (92% of Out of School Childcare Clubs recently surveyed anticipated a reduction in take up of places, and therefore income, when they are able to re-open).

One example of a challenge being faced by a Setting is that they are based in a school and had not been able to access their venue, as the school was being used as a hub.  However, that landlord was still expecting payment of their rent, albeit they were being offered a 3-month “holiday” to allow them time to pay.

Another concern which has affected all Holiday Clubs located in schools in one Local Authority area this summer is  an additional £36 per day surcharge for a security firm to open and lock the school if the caretaker is unavailable,  even though long standing Childcare Settings had previously carried out this responsibility.  In reality, not only does the Holiday Club provide a familiar haven for children to be cared for with lots of opportunities to play, socialise and develop whilst their parents work, the occupation of schools throughout the long summer break protects the school from vandalism and would even mitigate risks of, for example, the threat of Legionella.

As a whole community, now is the time to have considered and constructive discussions through all departments with regards to rent negotiations. As part of these discussions, thought should be given to:

“The Coronavirus Act 2020” which introduced a moratorium on landlords commencing forfeiture proceedings for non-payment of rent.

[https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-practice-for-the-commercial-property-sector]

 

Welsh Government extended this moratorium period recently from 30 June to 30 September, with a further review of this date due in August.

[https://gov.wales/welsh-government-extend-measures-protect-businesses-impacted-coronavirus-eviction-during-summer]

Whilst we do not consider that any landlord would evict an Out of School Childcare Club due to the non-payment of rent, indeed we trust they would support the negotiations of temporary reductions or relief from rent whilst unable to access the venue, consideration should be given to this code of practice.  The foreword states that: “this code will support businesses to come together to negotiate affordable rental agreements.”  Childcare settings should use two points from within the code to assist them with their ongoing negotiations:

“2. …..This means that landlords and tenants must work together collaboratively and many will want to find temporary, and where possible sustainable, arrangements outside of the existing letter of their leases in order to create a shared recovery plan.”

 

“20. Tenants seeking concessions should be clear with their landlords about why this is needed. This means being prepared to be transparent, and explaining their request by providing financial information about their business. This should be to an appropriate and relevant extent, which may differ from case to case. Landlords should provide concessions where they reasonably can, taking into account their own fiduciary duties and financial commitments, and landlords seeking to refuse concessions should be clear with their tenants about why they are doing so. This means providing a reasonable explanation of their decision which clearly takes into account the information provided by the tenant. Both parties will want to consider how to protect commercially sensitive information as part of this process.”

 

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs can assist you with preparation of a cashflow forecast and with affordable rent discussions. Get in touch if you are struggling to negotiate with your Landlord or need help with reopening your setting.

As part of our project Connecting and Supporting Out of School Childcare Clubs and Communities funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, we are offering the following FREE webinars*:

 

  • Preparing to Re-open Your Childcare Setting after Covid-19. This webinar will sign post you to guidance and resources you need for all aspects of your setting to help you re-open after Covid –19.  It will also provide opportunities to discuss with us and other providers how to implement policy into practice.

Click here for more information on these webinars

 

  • Playwork post Covid-19. Building on our recent publication and the forthcoming special edition of Y Bont these events will provide practical ideas on how to provide play opportunities, deal with bubbles and promote positive well-being.  It will also provide opportunities to discuss with us and other providers your challenges and experiences and gain meaningful support.

Click here for more information on these webinars

Email webinar@clybiauplantcymru.org to receive our webinar on Financial Planning and Cashflows.

* Webinars are currently free of charge, but numbers may be limited to 2 people from each Setting.  Priority is given to Members, visit www.clybiauplantcymru.org/members.asp for details on how to join.

Contact us for further information:

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Cardiff 029 2074 1000 info@clybiauplantcymru.org
Colwyn Bay 01492 536318 Info-nw@clybiauplantcymru.org
Cross Hands 01269 831010 Info-ww@clybiauplantcymru.org
www.clybiauplantcymru.org

Jane O’Toole

Chief Executive Officer, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs

Yn ystod yr adeg heriol hon, wrth i ni ddechrau ar ffordd newydd o agor ein Lleoliadau Gofal Plant, mae llawer o bethau i’w hystyried o ran y plentyn, y teulu, yn ogystal ag wrth gefnogi’r Sector Gofal Plant yn y tymor hir.  Un o’r heriau hyn fydd ymbellhau cymdeithasol.

Bydd hyn yn anodd gan na fydd plant ifanc yn gwybod, nac yn deall yn llawn pam na allant chwarae’n agos gyda’u ffrind gorau.  Rydym bob tro’n annog plant i chwarae gyda’i gilydd, meithrin cyfeillgarwch, rhannu a chymryd eu tro.  Bydd hyn yn anodd iddyn nhw ei brosesu wrth ddychwelyd i’r clybiau. Bydd yn ddryslyd, ond gallwn wneud hyn yn araf ac yn ofalus er mwyn helpu’r plant.  Bydd staff y Clwb a’r rheini’n addasu i ffordd newydd o chwarae a rhyngweithio.

Yn y tymor byr bydd angen i’r staff ddilyn arweiniad tymor byr Llywodraeth Cymru ac i ddeall ffordd newydd o weithio, i sicrhau eu bod yn bodloni anghenion grŵp llai o blant ac yn datblygu hyder mewn dulliau newydd.  Bydd angen i’r staff ddeall y rhwystrau, yr heriau a sut y gallant oresgyn y rhain gyda’r plant.  Bydd yn bwysig gwrando ar blant a chael yr amser i adlewyrchu ar ddulliau newydd a chyflwyno newidiadau i’r dulliau yma (yn ôl diwygiadau i’r arweiniad) mewn ffordd a fydd yn glir i bawb.

Bydd angen i rieni gael y sicrwydd y bydd eu plentyn yn ddiogel, ond y bydd yn dal i dderbyn gofal trugarog, a chefnogaeth i’w llesiant emosiynol.  Gall plant gael gweithgareddau chwarae unigol sy’n eu galluogi i gael profiadau sy’n debyg i’r rhai a geid yn sesiynau blaenorol y Clwb, o fewn yr arweiniad a roddir ar ymbellhau cymdeithasol. Byddant yn datblygu dealltwriaeth o sut y gallant ryngweithio gyda’u ffrindiau drwy gemau a gweithgareddau newydd a fydd yn cyffroi eu chwarae.

Bydd pob lleoliad yn ymgymryd ag asesiadau risg perthynol i’w hamgylchiadau unigol, felly bydd pob un yn amrywio yn eu ffordd o fynd i’r afael ag ymbellhau cymdeithasol.  Bydd angen i’r perchennog/rheolwyr a thimau werthuso’r gwasanaethau er mwyn galluogi’r nifer o bobl sy’n mynychu i wneud hynny’n ddiogel, ac i wneud newidiadau yn unol â newidiadau i’r arweiniad yn y dyfodol.  Bydd y cyfleoedd i blant a staff gymysgu  a rhyngweithio mewn grwpiau bychain ond cyson yn edrych yn wahanol iawn yn achos pob Lleoliad; mae gan rai fwy o ystafelloedd a mannau y gellir mynd iddynt, lle gallent greu swigod/grwpiau bychain.  Bydd yn bwysig gwneud yn sicr bod asesiadau risg yn drwyadl a chryno. Mewn asesiadau risg dylai Lleoliadau ystyried gymaint â phosibl unrhyw leoedd sydd ar gael iddynt y tu allan i’r adeilad. Bydd hyn yn cynorthwyo’r  Clwb i gyfyngu ar y trosglwyddo rhwng y plant.

Bydd hylendid yn y sesiwn o’r pwysigrwydd pennaf a dylid ei addasu’n ofalus i drefn newydd i’r plant drwy ddulliau procio ac atgoffa gweledol yn ystod gweithgareddau.  Yn ein harolwg diweddar, adroddodd 77% o Glybiau Gofal Plant Allysgol ar bryderon ynghylch sut i ddarparu amgylchedd chwarae o ansawdd a fyddai’n unol â’r gofynion ar ymbellhau cymdeithasol a rheoli haint. I roi sylw i’r pryderon hyn, a’u lliniaru, rydym wedi datblygu adnodd cyflawn i leoliadau gofal plant er mwyn sicrhau eu bod yn gallu darparu cyfleoedd chwarae ar bellter cymdeithasol i’r plant yn eu lleoliadau pan fyddant yn dychwelyd.

Clare Dare, Childcare Swyddog Datblygu Busnesau Gofal Plant

During these challenging times as we embark upon a new way of opening up our Childcare Settings, there are many things to consider for the child, the family as well as supporting the Childcare Sector for long term sustainability in the future.  One of these challenges will be social distancing.

It will be difficult as young children will not know or fully understand why they can’t play closely with their best friend.  We always encourage children to play together, building friendships and to share and take turns.  This will be different for them to process upon returning to Clubs.  It will be confusing, but we can do this slowly and carefully to help children, Club staff and parents adjust to a new way of playing and interacting.

In the short term staff will need support to follow the Welsh Government guidance and to understand a new way of working, to ensure they meet the needs of a smaller group of children and develop confidence in a new approach.  Staff will need to understand the barriers, the challenges and how they can overcome these with the children.  It will be important to listen to children and have the time to reflect upon the new approach and to introduce changes to this approach (as and when guidance is amended) clearly for all involved.

Parents will need reassurance that their child will be safe but still cared for with compassion and with their emotional wellbeing supported.  Children can have individual play activities that enable them to have similar experiences to previous sessions in the Club, within the social distancing guidance. Developing an understanding of how they are able to interact with their friends through new games and activities which will excite their play.

All Settings will undertake risk assessments for their individual circumstances, therefore each will vary in their approach to social distancing. Owner/managers and teams will need to evaluate services to enable the number of children attending to do so safely and to make changes in line with future changes to guidance. Opportunities for children and staff to mix and interact within small but consistent groups will look very different for each Setting, some have more rooms and accessible spaces where they can create small ‘bubbles’/groups.  It will be important to ensure risk assessments are thorough and concise.  Within risk assessing Settings should consider as much as possible any outdoor space that is available.  This will support the Club to limit transmission between the children.

Hygiene within the session will be of paramount importance and it should be carefully adapted into a new routine for children through visual prompts and reminders during activities. Within our recent survey, 77% of Out of School Childcare Clubs reported concern over how to provide a quality play environment within social distancing and infection control requirements. To address and alleviate these concerns, we have developed a complete resource for childcare settings to ensure that they are able to bring socially distanced play opportunities for children within their settings when they return (https://www.clybiauplantcymru.org/news-more.asp?nid=440).

Clare Dare, Childcare Business Development Officer

Profiadau Dwyieithiog

I mi, mae Cymraeg yn bersonol, dyna pwy ydw i; mae fy nghyfenw’n Gymreig. Dyma iaith gyntaf fy rhieni a’m mam-guod/tad-cuod. Yn wir, dyma’r iaith gyntaf a siaradais i.

Mae Cymraeg yn fap ffordd o’m diwylliant. Mae’n dweud wrthyf ym mhle y mae fy nheulu wedi bod, ac i ble yr ydym yn mynd fel gwlad.

Mae siarad Cymraeg yn bwysig iawn i mi er mwyn teimlo wedi’n gysylltiedig â’m cymuned, ac er i mi wneud fy Ngradd a’m Gradd Uwch drwy gyfrwng y Saesneg, mae’r rhan fwyaf o’m dysgu wedi bod mewn ysgolion cyfrwng-Cymraeg.

Ynghyd â dysgwyr newydd yr iaith, roeddwn/rwy’n dal i deimlo’n hynod bryderus wrth siarad Cymraeg ag oedolion sy’n fwy sylwgar na mi yn ramadegol ac yn academaidd, gan y byddwn i’n categoreiddio fy hun yn un sy’n siarad Cymraeg llafar.   Felly, gan gadw hyn mewn cof, a chan gymryd naid ffydd, rwyf wedi penderfynu gwneud rhan o’m cymhwyster newydd yn Gymraeg. Rwy’n credu y bydd hyn yn fy ngwthio y tu hwnt i’m cylch cysur ac yn ymestyn fy ngwybodaeth o’r iaith.  Bydd hefyd yn dangos i’m cyflogwyr fy mod yn fodlon bod yn hyblyg.

Bydd y wybodaeth estynedig yma o’r iaith yn help arbennig yn yr ardaloedd o Gymru lle byddaf yn gweithio, gan eu bod ymysg yr ardaloedd o’r wlad sydd â’r gyfran uchaf o siaradwyr Cymraeg.

Fel y gwyddom, yng Nghymru, mae rheidrwydd cyfreithiol arnom i ateb y ffôn ac unrhyw ohebiaeth yn  Gymraeg. Bydd ein plant yn dysgu yn ddwyieithog, a fydd, dwi’n meddwl, o fudd mawr iddyn nhw mewn economi byd-eang lle mae’r ffiniau’n mynd yn gulach drwy’r defnydd o dechnoleg.  Yn bersonol, bydd cynyddu fy ngwybodaeth o Gymraeg yn gwella fy sgiliau o ran cyflogadwyedd, gan y byddaf yn dod yn gwbl abl i gyflenwi pob cwrs yn ddwyieithog, felly gallwn gyflenwi i ddysgwyr Cymraeg a Saesneg eu hiaith ar yr un pryd.

Dosberthir y mwyafrif o bobl yng Nghymru yn rhai ‘cyfansawdd ddwyieithog’, sef rhai sy’n dysgu’r Gymraeg a’r Saesneg ar yr un pryd.  Mae dysgu iaith fel plentyn yn rhoi i chi agwedd fwy cyfannol tuag at ieithoedd, ac yn ôl  Marian & Shook 2012, fanteision profedig o ran gweithrediad yr ymennydd, megis:

  • Y gallu i ganolbwyntio’n well ar dasgau
  • Bod yn well wrth newid rhwng tasgau
  • Gwell sgiliau gwybyddol
  • Cof gwell
  • Mae’n haws dysgu ieithoedd eraill

Drwy gyflenwi cyrsiau’n ddwyieithog, rwy’n gobeithio gwella fy sgiliau gwybyddol a defnyddio’r wybodaeth sylfaenol i ddysgu iaith arall.

Oeddech chi’n gwybod bod gan Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs Swyddogion Hyfforddi sy’n siarad Cymraeg ym mhob rhanbarth, rhai a all eich helpu i ddysgu drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg? Mae gan Lywodraeth Cymru darged eang – erbyn 2020 dylai o leiaf 10% o’r dysgwyr mewn Addysg Bellach fod yn astudio drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg neu’n ddwyieithog.  Mae gan y sector addysg cyfan ddyletswydd i barhau i wella dwyieithrwydd, a dyna pam ei bod yn arbennig o bwysig i gynorthwyo’n Gweithwyr Chwarae i wella’u sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg drwy ein prosiect, Cymraeg Gwaith.  Rwy’n gobeithio y byddaf, wrth ddod yn fwy medrus yn yr iaith Gymraeg, yn gallu cyflenwi cyrsiau yn gyfan gwbl drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg, neu’n ddwyieithog i ddysgwyr Saesneg a Chymraeg eu hiaith ar yr un pryd.  A thrwy hynny gyflenwi addysg y mae ein dysgwyr yn ei haeddu yn yr iaith o’u dewis.

Angela Williams

Swyddog Hyfforddi, Gorllewin Cymru

Bilingualism

For me Welsh is personal, it is who I am, my surname is Welsh. It is my parents’ and grandparents’ first language.  In fact it was the first language I spoke.

Welsh is a road map of my culture.  It tells me where family have been and where we as a country are heading.

Speaking Welsh is very important to me to feel connected with my community, and although I did my Degree and Post Graduate through the medium of English most of my teaching has been done in Welsh Medium Schools.

Along with new learners to the language, I still felt/feel very anxious when speaking Welsh to adults who are more grammatically and academically astute than myself as I would categorise myself as speaking colloquial Welsh.  So, with this in mind and a very large leap of faith I have decided to do part of my new qualification in Welsh.  I believe that this will push me out of my comfort zone and stretch my knowledge of the language.  It will also demonstrate to my employers that I am willing to be flexible.

This extended knowledge of the language will be particularly helpful in the areas of Wales that I will be working in as they are amongst the areas with the highest proportion of Welsh speakers in the country.

As we are aware, in Wales we are legally obliged to answer the telephone and any correspondence in Welsh. Our children will learn bilingually, which I think will benefit them greatly in a global economy where borders are getting narrowed by the use of technology.  As for myself, increasing my knowledge of Welsh will improve my skills and employability as I will become fully able to deliver all courses bilingually, so I could deliver to both Welsh and English learners at the same time.

Most people in Wales are classed as ‘compound bilingual’ where they learn both Welsh and English at the same time.   Learning a language as a child gives you more holistic approach to languages and, according to Marian & Shook 2012, proven advantages for brain function such as:

  • Ability to focus better on tasks
  • Better at switching between tasks
  • Improved cognitive skills
  • Improve memory
  • Easier to learn other languages

By delivering courses bilingually I hope to improve my cognitive skills and use the base knowledge to learn another language.

Did you know that Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs has Welsh Speaking Training Officers in every region who can support you to learn through the medium of Welsh? The Welsh Government has a broad target – by 2020 at least 10% of learners in Further Education should be studying in Welsh or bilingually. The education sector as a whole has a duty to keep on improving bilingualism, which is why it is particularly important to help our Playworkers improve their Welsh language skills through our Work Welsh Project.  I hope that becoming more proficient in the Welsh language I will be able to deliver courses solely through the medium of Welsh or bilingually to English and Welsh speakers at the same time. Delivering an education that our learners deserve in their chosen language.

Angela Williams

Training Officer, West Wales

Mae’r ffaith fod yn dal reidrwydd arnom i drafod unrhyw fath o gynhwysiant yn anodd ei ddirnad yn ein hoes fodern yn 2020.  Ond, yn aml pan fyddwn yn ystyried Cyfartaledd a Chynhwysiant rydym yn meddwl am sut i wella bywydau pobl ag anabledd neu anghenion ychwanegol.  Y mae hyn nid oherwydd nad ydym yn anelu at ateb anghenion pobl o grwpiau Pobl Dduon, Asiaidd a Lleiafrifoedd Ethnig (BAME), ond oherwydd ymroddiad y rhai sydd ynglŷn â phob ffurf ar Ofal Plant i sicrhau bod pob plentyn yn cael profiadau cyfoethog ac amrywiol sy’n berthnasol nid yn unig i’w diwylliant eu hunain, ond mewn cyd-destun byd-eang.

O ystyried digwyddiadau diweddar ledled y byd, y mae’n glir fod gennym fel cymdeithas waith i’w wneud.  Fel Gofalwyr Plant a Gweithwyr Chwarae rydym yn dylanwadu’n fawr ar fywydau plant a phobl ifanc, gan eu bod yn ein gweld fel modelau rôl.  Dylem oll ymdrechu i feithrin cysylltiadau ystyrlon gyda’r plant a’u teuluoedd  i wneud yn siŵr ein bod yn ymwybodol o’r hyn yr hoffen nhw ei weld yn y lleoliad; i wneud yn sicr eu bod yn cael eu cynrychioli a’u parchu.

“Rydym yn gynnyrch ein profiadau ein hunain, ac fel oedolion rydym yn aml heb sylweddoli bod gennym ragfarnau – y credoau a’r agweddau yr ydym yn eu coleddu ac wedi eu cael gan ein teuluoedd, ein haddysg a’r cymunedau y cawsom ein magu ynddynt.  Heb sylweddoli, gallwn barhau’r credoau a’r agweddau hyn yn anfwriadol yn yr amgylcheddau dysgu yr ydym yn eu creu ar gyfer plant.”
Anne O’Connor, Ymgynghorydd y Blynyddoedd Cynnar, ‘Equality & Diversity Part 1’, Nursery World, 23 Medi 2009

Er mai dim ond ychydig flynyddoedd oed yw’r dyfyniad yma, ydych chi’n teimlo ei fod wedi dyddio?

Wrth ystyried a ydych yn bodloni anghenion BAME yn llawn dylech ofyn i’ch hun, a ydych, yn y lleoliad/Man Chwarae yn:

·        Dathlu a chydnabod gwyliau crefyddol lle bynnag y bydd modd. Mae hyn bob tro’n gyfle ardderchog i bawb ddysgu am wahanol ddiwylliannau ac i blant ofyn cwestiynau am wahanol ffyrdd crefyddol o ddathlu.  Gall hyn gynnwys unrhyw beth o flasu bwyd, gwisgo i fyny, addurno’r lleoliad i brofi traddodiadau/gemau penodol..

·        Lle bo’n bosibl, gwnewch yn siŵr fod gwahanol adnoddau ar gael yn y lleoliad gydol y flwyddyn er mwyn i blant archwilio i ddiwylliannau ac amrywedd. Gall hyn fod yn emwaith, offerynnau cerdd o wahanol rannau o’r byd, cerddoriaeth ar grynoddisgiau sy’n cynrychioli gwahanol wledydd/diwylliannau/gwerthoedd.  Gellir cael hyd i’r rhain yn rhad mewn siopau ail law / elusen os oes gennych Weithwyr Chwarae darbodus sydd bob tro’n chwilio am fargen!

·        A yw’r lleoliad yn edrych yn amrywiol?  A yw golwg yr hysbysfyrddau a’r Lleoliad yn cynrychioli amrywedd y gymuned yr ydych yn gweithio ynddi? Gwnewch yn siŵr fod y deunydd hysbysebu’n amrywiol ac yn dathlu pob diwylliant.

·        A ydych chi a’ch cydweithwyr yn deall agenda BAME? Uwchsgiliwch a gwnewch yn siŵr fod y staff mor wybodus â phosibl am amrywedd; bydd hyn yn help gyda llif cyffredinol y Lleoliad, a gallant rannu eu profiadau gyda’r plant.

Ac os mai methu a wnaiff yr oll uchod, gallwch fod yn GAREDIG, ewch chi ddim ymhell o’ch lle wrth fod yn Ofalwr Plant neu’n Weithiwr Chwarae caredig!

 

Phoebe Wilson, Swyddog Hyfforddi

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs

The fact that we still have to discuss any type of inclusion is hard to comprehend in the modern life of 2020. However, often when we consider Equality and Inclusion, we think about how to improve the lives of those with a disability or additional needs. This is not because we do not aim to meet the individual needs of those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups but, due to the commitment of those in all forms of Childcare to ensure that all children have rich and diverse experiences that relate to not only their own culture but within a global context.

With recent events around the world it is clear that we as a society have some work to do. As Childcarers and Playworkers we have a huge influence on children’s lives, as they see us as role models. We should all strive to make meaningful connections with children and their families to ensure that we are aware of what they would like to see in the setting; to ensure that they are represented and supported.

“We are the products of our own experiences, and as adults we are often unaware of our biases – the beliefs and attitudes that we hold and have acquired from our families, our education and the communities we grew up in. Without realising it, we can unintentionally perpetuate these beliefs and attitudes in the learning environments we create for children.”
Anne O’Connor, Early Years Consultant, ‘Equality & Diversity Part 1’, Nursery World, 23 September 2009

Even though this quote is only from a few years ago, do you feel it is outdated?

In thinking about whether you are fully meeting the needs of BAME you should ask yourself, within the setting/Play Space do you:

  • Celebrate and Acknowledge Religious festivals wherever possible. This is always a great opportunity for everyone to learn about different cultures and for children to ask questions about different religious ways of celebrating. This can include anything from food tasting, dressing up in clothing, decorating the setting or experiencing specific traditions/games.
  • Make available where possible different resources within the setting all year round for children to explore cultures and diversity. This can be Jewellery, musical instruments from around the world, music on CDs that represent different countries/cultures/values. These can be sourced reasonably cheaply at second hand / charity shops if you have thrifty Playworkers always looking for a bargain!
  • Does the setting look diverse? Do the noticeboards and Setting appearance represent the diversity of the community you work in? Make sure the advertising materials are diverse and celebrate all cultures.
  • Do you and your colleagues understand the BAME agenda. Upskill and make sure staff are as knowledgeable as possible about diversity, this will help with the overall flow of the Setting and they can share their experiences with the children.

And if all else fails just BE KIND, you’ll never go far wrong if you are a kind Childcarer or Playworker!

 

Phoebe Wilson, Training Officer

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs

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