A free scheme using songs and games to introduce the Welsh language to parents of young children will continue this Autumn and in 2019, following the success of initial courses held earlier this year.

‘Clwb Cwtsh’, which is a project between Mudiad Meithrin and the National Centre for Learning Welsh, was launched in February.  Courses were held in 78 different locations throughout Wales and more than 500 people took part.

The informal, eight-week taster courses focused on speaking Welsh with young children. Learners were able to bring their children with them, as Mudiad Meithrin provided entertainment.  Learners were also encouraged to follow further courses at the end of Clwb Cwtsh.

The courses were authored by Nia Parry, who is a well-known presenter on S4C programmes, in particular those aimed at Welsh learners.

‘Clwb Cwtsh 2’ will offer the eight-week taster course in more than 70 locations across Wales from October; a similar series of courses will follow in January 2019.

Dr Gwenllïan Lansdown Davies, Mudiad Meithrin Chief Executive said: “Since we started Clwb Cwtsh we have received a great response across Wales. The fact that children can come to the sessions with their families has been welcomed. We are looking forward to expanding the provision of this exciting scheme at grass roots level.”

Dona Lewis, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Systems at the National Centre for Learning Welsh, said: “By working in collaboration with Mudiad Meithrin we can offer a new way for families to start learning the language. The scheme offers a fun way for families to learn vocabulary that can be used at home with their young children. We hope that families across Wales will take advantage of this opportunity to start their journey of learning Welsh with us.”

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