25 March 2008
Professional staff working in childcare across the Caerphilly county borough recently came together to celebrate their achievements. The 'Celebrating the Achievements of the Childcare Workforce' evening was an opportunity for staff working within the Early Years and Childcare sector to receive recognition for all their hard work and commitment in providing a quality service and recognised those going the extra mile to make improvements.
The event was attended by Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Cllr Allen Williams, CCBC's Chair of the Children's Partnership and Flying Start, Albert Heaney and the Workforce Development Advisor for Care Council for Wales, Jacky Drysdale. National and local organisations representing the childcare sector included Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids' Clubs, Menter Iaith, Mydiad Ysgolion Meithrin, Wales Preschool Playgroups Association, National Childminding Association and the GAVO Play service.
Over the years childcare has altered dramatically, with an emphasis on voluntary sector staff to develop professionally. One thing that is apparent in the childcare sector, is the staffs dedication to provide the best possible environment and care for children. This has been supported by the local Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership (EYDCP) via the council, who encourage childcare settings to undertake the Caerphilly Quality Standard and National quality assurance awards and offer childcare training. This support has been embraced, and many settings have risen to the challenge to succeed. These providers all have one thing in common – the desire to provide high quality childcare. The most inspirational achievers in terms of learning and improvement were presented with enscripted love spoons and flowers in recognition of their dedication to the childcare sector.
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