PACEY Cymru and Educ8 held an extremely successful joint event to celebrate the success of members in south Wales on achieving a Level 3 or Level 5 Children's Care, Learning and Development qualification over the past year.
The event, at the Village Hotel in Cardiff, was held to recognise the commitment, hard work and determination of learners who have achieved or are working towards a qualification while continuing their work as childminders. PACEY Cymru works closely with Educ8 to support promotion of the training and also to ensure the course content is appropriate for members and this work and partnership approach is constantly developing.
The event was attended by Owain Lloyd, Deputy Director, Childcare and Play Division of the Welsh Government who spoke about the importance of qualifications and the impact on quality of care and outcomes for children, professionalisation of the workforce and development of work around childcare and early years being seen as a career of choice. This thoughts were echoed by Colin Tucker, CEO of Educ8 who talked about how members needed to see themselves as inspirational leaders.
Those who had completed their Level 3 or Level 5 CCLD in the last year were presented with their certificates. In addition to this four learners were recognised for specific awards by Educ8 from the partnership work with PACEY Cymru.
Commitment to the Local Community – awarded to Rebecca Hughes (Blaenau Gwent). The assessor said 'Rebecca has expanded her provision to meet local need including developing the use of a community building together with another childminder.'
Most Innovative Learner – awarded to Lisa Claire Jones (Rhondda Cynon Taff). The assessor said 'Lisa has looked for innovative ways of evidencing how she has supported others including being proactive around involvement in webinars and seeking witness testimonials on her input.'
Most Improved Learner – awarded to Claire Chapman (Cardiff). The assessor said 'Claire has worked hard and grown in confidence which has helped her provide support to others as a facilitator for PACEY Local in Cardiff.'
Educ8 and PACEY Cymru Partnership Learner of the Year – Hanna Silk (Cardiff). The assessor said 'Hanna showed a genuine interested in developing her own practice and often exceeded set targets. I have been impressed by Hanna’s dedication to her role as a PACEY Local facilitator.'
Claire Protheroe, Direct Services Manager (Wales) for PACEY said 'PACEY Cymru is very proud of the achievement of PACEY members on the programme and it demonstrates how far many members are going to demonstrate professionalism and commitment. This not only supports them personally and professionally but also supports promotion and recognition of the wider sector. It has been a great opportunity for both PACEY Cymru and Educ8 to work together over the last 18 months and see work taken from development through to achievement'
Want to know more?
If you are working in Wales and are inspired by these members you may want to consider following in their footsteps and enrolling on the next programme. Evidence has shown that the gaining of higher level qualifications impacts on the quality of care and outcomes for children. It will also support your personal and professional development, providing you with evidence to share with CSSIW inspectors and families of children in your care. Find out more information on Childcare Qualifications in Wales.