GRANTS awarded by Mudiad Meithrin to a number of Cylchoedd Meithrin (Welsh-medium playgroups) across Wales will increase the learning and play opportunities available to the nation’s young children.

The £5,000 awarded to Brecon’s Cylch Meithrin Aberhonddu in Powys will provide the foundations for it to develop a Forest School which will include an 8 metre diameter Yurt and a garden area.

Sara Morgan, one of Cylch Meithrin Aberhonddu’s trustees, said the Cylch aims to create the Forest School in collaboration with Little Leaves community group by next summer.

Sara added: “We are delighted Mudiad Meithrin has supported this project which will allow us to seek other funding so that the whole project comes to fruition.”

One of the two £2,000 awards this year will allow Cylch Meithrin Y Felinheli, Gwynedd to create a Mud Kitchen area which will ensure that children will be able to play outside for as long as they like in all weather.

According to Meleri Jones, one of Cylch Meithrin Y Felinheli’s Trustees, the mud kitchen area will also include a shop with a hatch, cafe, a sandpit and transparent walls for the children to paint on.

Meleri added: “The grant will enable us to provide a superb resource for the children to play outdoors, whatever the weather because it will provide shelter from the sun, the wind and the rain.”

Cylch Meithrin Terrig, near Mold in Flintshire aims  to use the other £2,000 award to provide a retractable canopy in the play area.

Glenys Jones, Cylch Meithrin Terrig’s Leader, said: “The canopy will make a huge difference to the Cylch Meithrin and Cylch Ti a Fi (Baby and Toddler group) because it will enable us to develop our outdoor play provision.”

These large grants were presented to the Cylchoedd during Mudiad Meithrin’s annual Awards Ceremony in October where grants of £1,000 were also awarded to the following Cylchoedd Meithrin:

Cerrigydrudion (Conwy), Coedpoeth (Wrexham), Corris (Gwynedd), Crymych (Pembrokeshire), Cwrt Henri (Carmarthenshire), Dolgarrog (Conwy), Llanfarian (Ceredigion), Llanwnda (Pembrokeshire), Pencoed (Bridgend), Porthcawl (Bridgend), Mold (Flintshire). Also, a grant of £1,555 was awarded to Cylch Meithrin Brynglas (Newport).

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