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Mudiad Meithrin Awards Success

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The hard work, dedication and commitment of the Council’s early years workforce in Rhondda Cynon Taf, through the medium of Welsh, has been officially recognised at the Mudiad Meithrin National Awards.

The Council’s Cylchoedd Meithrin playgroups, delivered in Welsh, are located across the County Borough, open to young children living in the locality, irrespective of what language they speak at home. 

Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Member for Education and Inclusion Services, said: “It is fantastic that the staff of the Council’s Cylchoedd Meitrhrin playgroups are being recognised for the great work that they do every day for young children in our communities.

“The work of the Cylchoedd Meithrin is incredibly important, supporting our youngest learners through the medium of Welsh, helping to progress our ambitious plans for increasing the number of Welsh speakers across our County Borough.

“A huge congratulations to all involved with the Cylchoedd Meithrin playgroups.”

Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Member for Adult Community Services and Welsh Language, said: “I send my congratulations to all the Meithrin groups and their workforces across Rhondda Cynon Taf for the service they provide through the medium of Welsh to our very young learners in Rhondda Cynon Taf. 

“This is where the exciting learning journey begins for these young people, in their formative years, and I am delighted that the work our local groups and individuals in our early years settings has been officially recognised at the annual Mudiad Meithrin Awards. 

“The last 18 months have been challenging for us all, but our key workers maintained the service during the pandemic and this is a great way to recognise their commitment and dedication to the early years sector.” 

Based in a range of settings, Cylchoedd Meithrin inspire development through play, putting children in good stead for future language development as they become bilingual from an early age. 

The Mudiad Meithrin National Awards ceremony took place at Theatre y Werin, Aberystwyth, highlighting the work of the Welsh-medium childcare sector and those who work within it, making a positive difference to young lives. 

In the Cylch Meithrin South East Wales category at the 2021 Mudiad Meithrin Awards, the three top awards went to groups based in Rhondda Cynon Taf - Cylch Meithrin Evan James, Pontypridd; second Cylch Meithrin Camau Cyntaf Llanhari; third Cylch Meithrin Nant Dyrys, Ynyswen. 

Karlie Jo Davies (Cylch Meithrin Penderyn) was honoured in the Assistant category and Cylch Meithrin Beddau was honoured in the Committee category. 

Mudiad Meithrin received nominations for staff and volunteers at Cylchoedd Meithrin (Welsh-medium playgroups) or day nurseries across Wales in nine selected categories, celebrating their excellent work. 

Find out more about Cylchoedd Meithrin (URL link) 

Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Mudiad Meithrin Chief Executive, said: “The awards ceremony gives us an opportunity to recognise and thank the staff and volunteers at grassroots level. It was wonderful to be able to celebrate the good practice that is happening across Wales.” 

Mudiad Meithrin (formerly Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin) was first established in 1971 in order to nurture a rich landscape of Welsh-medium play and learning experiences for children from birth to school-age. 

As a voluntary organisation passionate about celebrating and encouraging the use of the Welsh language, the organisation has grown considerably over the years and continues to positively influence the lives of children across Rhondda Cynon Taf and the whole of Wales

Posted on 14/10/2021