MUDIAD Meithrin are inviting applications for a free course for Welsh speakers and confident Welsh learners who want to train to work with young children through the medium of Welsh.

The National Training Sceme run by Mudiad Meithrin will give 100 people the chance to train for a Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development in the workplace.

The Welsh-medium course runs from September 2018 until August 2019 with the closing date for applications being 1st of June this year.

Harri Jones, ‘Cam wrth Gam’ National Manager, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for Welsh speakers and strong Welsh learners to join this outstanding training course which will mean they will have a qualification to work in childcare locations and primary schools at the end of the course.”

Successful applicants will have to be based working with children in early years settings for 16 hours a week during term time at either a Cylch Meithrin, Day Nursery or Welsh-medium Primary School.They will also attend a series of seven workshops during the year.

Amongst the jobs those qualifying from the course can apply for after training are a crèche practitioner or an assistant at a Cylch Meithrin, After School Club and a classroom assistant at a primary school. They can also work as a leader at a Cylch Meithrin, After School Club, Cylch Chwarae or as a day nursery manager or deputy manager.

To date the course has trained more than 2,100 practitioners to be able to work in the early years sector through the medium of Welsh. One who has nearly completed her course is Alaw Smith of Cylch Meithrin Terrig, Treuddyn, near Mold.

Alaw said: “I don’t come from a childcare background but the training offered through the course gave me a chance to change career direction. The fact that the course was free was an attraction to someone like me with a young family. I believe that  holding the course in the workplace ensured I gained plenty of experience.”

Another student who will complete her course this summer is Enfys Evans, of Meithrinfa’r Enfys, Cross Inn, near Llanon, Ceredigion.

Enfys said: “I chose the course because of the level of support available and the way the course is run. The workshops give you the chance to meet other people doing the course which means you can share experiences. Working at a placement is excellent because you get the opportunity to do hands-on work to develop your skills.” 

If you wish to apply to be considered as a candidate for a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (QCF) then fill in the application form on the Mudiad Meithrin website http://www.meithrin.cymru/applicationform/ and return to us before the 1st of June 2018.

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