Menter Iaith Abertawe has been working with The Children and Young People’s Partnership within Swansea City and County Council for several years to support the development of a Welsh medium workforce in the Field of Child Care in the city. This is done through a number of different schemes (see summary of main activities listed below) :
• Provide immersion sessions in child care settings (12 locations , targeting 170 children , staff and parents )
• Collaborate with partners to provide services and activities
• Provide Welsh medium resources and advise parents and staff
• Supporting the Child Care Workforce Strategy
• Plan and deliver a training course for the Family Information Service
• Undertake a mapping participation exercise as part of the authority’s research project
• Deliver participation training among children and young people to feed information to the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
• Provide advice and support and act as an advisory service to staff and parents and provide information on relevant Welsh medium courses and resources
There have been very positive responses from childcare settings that are striving to develop and change their language category to be bilingual, or through the medium of Welsh. Menter Iaith Abertawe has already started planning for the next financial year .
Additions to the core work provided as part of the grant are Saturday Family Fun sessions, Family Fun Days, Rhyme Time sessions in libraries, provision of language awareness sessions, advising and assisting parents and a host of other support activities in the Swansea area.
It was a huge disappointment for Menter Iaith Abertawe when we were informed that the grant of £23,000 a year is very likely to be cut completely . The £23,000 is a paltry sum to the Council but a significant blow to Menter Iaith Abertawe as we are entirely dependent on grants of this kind to ensure the development of Welsh medium provision in the Field of Child Care in Swansea . The Council does not have any plan at all to continue the work if the cut is implemented as it is not considered a priority. Targets would cease to exist and the provision would disappear.
Menter Iaith Abertawe has submitted an official proposal to the council to continue with the provision and receive less funding to do so but there has been no response to this proposal as yet.