ON Friday 6 July (1.15pm) Cylch Meithrin Felinfoel near Llanelli will celebrate being the first Cylch Meithrin in Wales to attain Mudiad Meithrin’s Gold Star standard in its new quality mark scheme.
Celebrations at the ‘Purple Party’ will include a visit by Mudiad Meithrin’s unique character, Dewin, as well as Mudiad Meithrin’s Chief Executive, Dr Gwenllïan Lansdown Davies.
The aim of the Safonau Serennog (Star Standard) scheme is to encourage Cylchoedd Meithrin (playgroups), Cylchoedd Ti a Fi (baby and toddler groups) and Day Nurseries to develop, innovate and raise the quality and standard of their services to small children and familles through a three-tier system – bronze, silver and gold.
Mudiad Meithrin Chief Executive, Dr Gwenllïan Lansdown Davies, said: “Safonau Serennog’’ sets a baseline in terms of the quality of service and expectations regarding the Welsh language policy at the Cylch Meithrin. Consequently, all cylchoedd therefore have a Bronze Star Standard.
“To be awarded a Silver Star Standard, the cylch must apply by submitting a portfolio for assessment by a panel of Mudiad Meithrin experts. The Gold Star Standard is awarded following an inspection by an independent inspector at the Cylch Meithrin.”
Leanne Marsh, Mudiad Meithrin Head of Service Development said: “This scheme is aimed at Cylchoedd Meithrin in particular. Similar schemes are also available for Cylchoedd Ti a Fi and Day Nurseries.
“Raising standards and ensuring quality is a continuing process and with substantial developments in the early-years, we must ensure that Cylchoedd Meithrin, Cylchoedd Ti a Fi and Day Nurseries are supported to innovate and expand the service to remain sustainable. Consequently, the expectation of the Gold Star Standard is very ambitious.”