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NEWS: Welsh Government updates/ Diweddariadau Llywodraeth Cymru

Darllenwch hyn yn Gymraeg yma.  Read this in Welsh here.

LAST UPDATED 19/01/21 at 8.45am

Following our previous news story where PACEY Cymru called on Welsh Government to confirm a number of points in relation to queries and issues we are providing an update on these points.

PACEY Cymru have had a meeting with Welsh Government and a meeting with CIW in the last week alongside Cwlwm partners and others supporting the sector in Wales.  Please see the latest updates below to the issues we raised.  This news story will be updated as further clarification in relation to issues raised are resolved.

  • PACEY Cymru called for official wording or a statement from the First Minister or Deputy Minister on why childcare is remaining open while schools are closed.  We were concerned that the briefing by the Chief Medical Officer stating that the key reason for childcare remaining open is that closing nurseries in Wales would ‘create a crisis for the workforce’.  We felt that this was not a helpful message for the sector to hear and the focus should be based on evidence around the risk, transmission and benefits to children alongside workforce issues.

Latest update:

Welsh Government have confirmed that Ministers have reviewed the position with regards to childcare and play services.  Taking account of the current position with regards to the number of Covid-19 cases across Wales, Ministers have decided that no action to restrict provision in childcare and play settings is required at this time.  Settings can continue to care for all children, working to the National Minimum Standards and the Protective Measures guidance.  The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services has issued a written statement on the continued operation of Childcare and Play Provision in Wales.  The Deputy Minister states 'It is important to always remember that childcare and playwork provision can only run where staff are able to work in those settings.  Our childcare and playwork providers have continued to provide first class care for our children and young people throughout what have been, and continue to be, incredibly challenging times.  I am immensely grateful for all that they have done, and all that they continue to do, to support children and their families.

Understandably many of our settings and the staff that work within them have expressed concerns about how they can continue to remain open in light of the current rates of Covid-19 across Wales.  In particular, concerns have been raised about the risks regarding the new variant of Covid-19. 

Our Technical Advisory Group published a summary of the evidence regarding this and the position with regards to education on 8 January.  While this is largely aimed at education settings, many of the findings are relevant to childcare. 

It is not yet clear whether the faster spread observed with this variant is consistent across age groups, or if there is a greater increase in transmission relative to other variants in some age groups. However, the data shows that cases do remain lower in children and young people than in adults, and incidence among children less than 5 years old and those aged 5 to 11 are relatively low.  Overall only relatively low numbers of positive cases among staff and children have been reported to Care Inspectorate Wales. It is also important that we understand there is no evidence that the new variant increases the likelihood of worse health outcomes for individual children or adults, although remaining fully conscious of the wish to ensure all workers are protected from avoidable harm.

The new variant does, however, remain very concerning, and to keep R at or below 1 we will all need to do more to ensure we follow the advice and guidance on the actions we should be taking collectively and individually.  Our existing non-pharmaceutical interventions remain the most effective means of reducing the risk of transmission, including those already in place within childcare and playwork settings.  These include scrupulous adherence to prompt isolation and testing in the event of symptoms, cooperation with test and trace, hand washing, surface hygiene, room ventilation, distancing from other staff and appropriate use of face coverings by parents and carers.  Where settings are able to they can and should look to make as much use of their outdoor space as possible. 

Settings should also be ensuring children remain in their contact groups, with consistency in children and staff.  Where possible, smaller contact groups are better as they further reduce the levels of social mixing; their scale means that childcare and playwork settings have been very good at managing contact group size to date.

We have provided guidance on the Protective Measures that childcare settings can put in place to support them in mitigating risks and a survey of registered non-maintained settings last year suggests they are able and willing to implement these types of measures.

Looking beyond general measures, workplace risk assessments are available for individual members of staff and we would encourage everyone to undertake these.  Those staff members who have been advised to stay at home or shield should do so.  Children who have been advised to shield should also remain at home.      

Childcare and playwork settings have already made significant adaptations to the way in which they operate to ensure they can continue their important work in caring for our children and young people.  Working together and following the rules, we can continue to keep Wales safe.' 

Read the full statement here    

Currently PACEY Cymru support the Welsh Government's position that childcare in Wales should remain able to operate as long as this is regularly reviewed and based on clear scientific evidence.  We will continue to raise queries and challenge on key points especially if the situation changes and the evidence shows that childcare should close.  Under the current position this ensures providers have the flexibility (based on their own risk assessments, contractual requirements, financial needs and the protective measures) to make individual decisions in relation to operating. We have shared information about working with families in our previous update.

  • PACEY Cymru called for a swift decision on whether school closures will continue beyond the 18th January to support childcare setting and families in planning continuing childcare needs.  Other UK nations have confirmed much longer closure dates.  We needed confirmation on this as a matter of urgency.

Latest update:

In line with our recent news story it has now been confirmed that, unless there is a significant reduction in cases of coronavirus, schools in Wales will continue to provide online provision until the February half term with onsite attendance only by the children of critical workers and vulnerable children.  Welsh Government state that schools have not suddenly become unsafe; they do not pose an increased risk to teachers or students. However, keeping schools open does encourage children and adults to mix – inside and outside the school gates – at a time when cases of coronavirus are high in the community and there is a very infectious strain spreading quickly.

  • PACEY Cymru called for confirmation that activity/sports clubs, that are currently not required to register under the childcare exceptions order, are not able to operate under the current lockdown and clear confirmation on action that will be taken against these and whose duty it is to move forward on any action.  We strongly feel that services like this cannot have it both ways- they are either childcare and if so and operating for over two hours need to be registered with CIW or are an activity/sports club which currently should not be allowed to operate.

Latest update:

Welsh Government have confirmed that activity/sports clubs that would normally operate under the exceptions order and not need to be registered with CIW are not able to operate under the current lockdown.  We are glad that this position has been confirmed and that this position will be enforced by local authorities.  We will continue to raise issues in relation to this as they arise.

  • PACEY Cymru called for confirmation and updates to the Welsh Government FAQ’s in relation to Welsh Government’s position for childcare for school aged children (where schools are closed).  We knew the FAQ’s stated that childcare could be provided to children of all ages and not restricted but felt that specific guidance in relation to the position around care of school aged children would support the sector in decision making.

Latest update:

The Welsh Government have updated their FAQ's to make clearer the position in relation to school aged children.  This states 'there are no restrictions on the services of childcare settings at the moment. School aged children can attend childcare settings, but parents are asked to consider this option carefully and only use childcare when children cannot be cared for at home.' 

The Protective Measures have been updated and are kept under constant review.  Ensure you follow the link to the latest version rather using an older version.

  • PACEY Cymru have called for further consideration and higher priority of the vaccine and serial testing to those working in childcare given that many are caring for children of those working in frontline NHS services and the fact that childcare workers specifically are often not able to socially distance from young children in the same way as others due to personal care needs. 

Latest update:

PACEY have raised issues relating to vaccine priority at a UK level given this is not a decision that is made by Welsh Government. This continues to be discussed at a parliamentary level and we will share further developments.  

Cwlwm, the group which brings together the five leading childcare and play organisations in Wales and includes PACEY Cymru, has called for all childcare and playwork practitioners in Wales to be prioritised for the Coronavirus vaccine at the same time as teachers and education staff. Schools and childcare are closely inter-linked and have, throughout the pandemic, provided safe provision for children across Wales. Whilst transmission rates in older children are higher, social distancing in childcare is far more complex therefore childcare and play practitioners should be provided with the same protection as education colleagues in the vaccination schedule.

We are also having ongoing discussions with Welsh Government in relation to Serial Testing for childcare settings with another meeting planned for next week.

Other points

Financial support

Given the current situation and financial pressures across the childcare sector, extra funding for 2020-21 is to be provided to local authorities through the Children and Communities Grant. This funding is in addition to the one-off allocation provided last autumn to support childcare and play settings impacted by Covid -19 and will enable local authorities to further support the sustainability of childcare providers during the last quarter of the financial year 2020-2021.  Welsh Government have confirmed that Childcare Offer funding may continue to be paid based on booked hours in some circumstances where Covid-19 is causing disruption to childcare services. Your local authority may also be able to provide some funding to help with additional costs or loss in income which you are facing as a result of Covid-19. You should contact your local authority and discuss this with them.

Health and medical questions

There are also a number of questions we have put forward in relation to health or medical issues that Welsh Government are putting to their scientific advisor we are awaiting the response to these and will share when received.

Childcare Offer for Wales

We have also been discussing, as a sector with Welsh Government and local authorities, queries in relation to Childcare Offer for Wales funded places.  Welsh Government have reviewed the Guidance for childcare providers on The Childcare Offer for Wales: coronavirus and the Guidance for parents on the Childcare Offer for Wales: coronavirus. This contains useful information in relation to temporary arrangements for Childcare Offer for Wales funded places.  PACEY Cymru have also updated our Frequently Asked Questions to reflect this.

Relaxation of National Minimum Standards

The Welsh Government have now published Childcare National Minimum Standards (NMS) COVID-19: reintroduction of temporary relaxations until 30 June 2021.  It explains under what circumstances, and subject to what arrangements, Welsh Government will allow the temporary relaxation of some of the requirements in the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare.  In line with previous positions local authority approval is required prior to any relaxation in staffing ratios being implemented.

First Aid

CIW has recognised in its frequently asked questions that they are aware that there are some courses available which include a blend of one day online and one day practical (face to face) but that spaces are limited due to social distancing. Where you need to renew your first aid certificate and you cannot access a practical course, then in the first instance, you can undertake an online course to update your knowledge but then access a suitable practical course at the earliest possible opportunity.   

Specifically for those looking to apply to become a registered childminder in Wales CIW have stated that in the absence of a practical course they will accept an online course for the purpose of registration so as not to bring applications for registration to a halt due to the lack of practical courses. The inspector will talk to the applicant to ascertain that they feel confident to deal with any paediatric first aid emergency after doing only an online course. If the applicant does not feel confident then they should wait until a practical course is available before progressing their application. The inspector will also talk about the need to complete a practical course as soon as one becomes available.

PACEY Cymru work closely with Proactive First Aid in Wales who offer blended courses comprising online and practical elements.

Thank you for your support.

As stated previously we are continuing to field a large number of concerns and queries from members and are working tirelessly on behalf of the sector to respond to these.  We would always advise members to ensure they are using reliable sources of information and not to share posts from sources that cannot be verified see our blog on Top Tips on Navigating Information.  We are focusing our work on addressing issues and concerns linked to information shared from reliable sources for example Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and Local Authorities directly.  

Please keep an eye on our website and PACEY Cymru Facebook page for further updates and our Frequently Asked Questions for Wales.  Please take time to read the information available through the links and if you have further queries please email paceycymru@pacey.org.uk

Diweddarwyd ddiwethaf 19/01/21 (8.45am)

Yn dilyn ein stori newyddion blaenorol lle galwodd PACEY Cymru ar Lywodraeth Cymru i gadarnhau nifer o bwyntiau mewn perthynas ag ymholiadau a materion rydym bellach yn darparu diweddariad ar y pwyntiau hyn.

Rydym wedi cwrdd gyda Llywodraeth Cymru a hefyd gyda AGC yn ystod yr wythnos ddiwethaf ochr yn ochr â phartneriaid Cwlwm ac eraill sy'n cefnogi'r sector yng Nghymru. Gweler y diweddariadau diweddaraf isod i'r materion a godwyd gennym. Bydd y stori newyddion hon yn cael ei diweddaru wrth i eglurhad pellach mewn perthynas â materion a godir cael eu datrys.

  • Galwodd PACEY Cymru am eiriad swyddogol neu ddatganiad gan y Prif Weinidog neu'r Dirprwy Weinidog ynghylch pam mae gofal plant yn aros ar agor tra bod ysgolion ar gau. Roeddem yn pryderu am y briff gan y Prif Swyddog Meddygol yn nodi mai’r rheswm allweddol dros i ofal plant aros ar agor yw y byddai cau meithrinfeydd yng Nghymru yn ‘creu argyfwng i’r gweithlu’. Roeddem yn teimlo nad oedd hon yn neges ddefnyddiol i'r sector ei chlywed a dylai'r ffocws fod yn seiliedig ar dystiolaeth ynghylch y risg, y trosglwyddiad a'r buddion i blant ochr yn ochr â materion gweithlu.

Diweddariad diweddaraf:

Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cadarnhau bod Gweinidogion wedi adolygu'r sefyllfa o ran gwasanaethau gofal plant a chwarae. Gan ystyried y sefyllfa bresennol o ran nifer yr achosion Covid-19 ledled Cymru, mae'r Gweinidogion wedi penderfynu nad oes angen cymryd unrhyw gamau i gyfyngu ar ddarpariaeth mewn lleoliadau gofal plant a chwarae ar hyn o bryd. Gall lleoliadau barhau i ofalu am bob plentyn, gan weithio yn unol â'r Safonau Gofynnol Cenedlaethol a'r canllaw Mesurau Diogelu. Mae'r Dirprwy Weinidog Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol wedi cyhoeddi datganiad ysgrifenedig ar weithrediad parhaus Darpariaeth Gofal Plant a Chwarae yng Nghymru

Dwedodd y Dirprwy Weinidog ‘Mae'n bwysig cofio bob amser mai dim ond pan fydd staff yn gallu gweithio yn y lleoliadau hynny y gall darpariaeth gofal plant a gwaith chwarae redeg. Mae ein darparwyr gofal plant a gwaith chwarae wedi parhau i ddarparu gofal o'r radd flaenaf i'n plant a'n pobl ifanc drwy gydol yr hyn sydd wedi bod, ac yn parhau i fod, yn gyfnod hynod heriol. Rwy’n ddiolchgar tu hwnt am bopeth y maent wedi'i wneud, a'r cyfan y maent yn dal i'w wneud, i gefnogi plant a'u teuluoedd.

Yn ddealladwy, mae llawer o'n lleoliadau a'r staff sy'n gweithio ynddynt wedi mynegi pryderon ynghylch sut y gallant barhau i aros ar agor yng ngoleuni cyfraddau presennol Covid-19 ledled Cymru. Yn benodol, codwyd pryderon am y risgiau o ran yr amrywiolyn newydd o Covid-19.

Cyhoeddodd ein Grŵp Cynghori Technegol grynodeb o'r dystiolaeth ynglŷn â hyn a'r sefyllfa o ran addysg ar 8 Ionawr. Er bod hyn wedi'i anelu'n bennaf at leoliadau addysg, mae llawer o'r canfyddiadau'n berthnasol i ofal plant.

Nid yw'n glir eto a yw'r lledaeniad cyflymach a welwyd gyda'r amrywiolyn hwn yn gyson ar draws grwpiau oedran, neu a oes mwy o gynnydd mewn trosglwyddo o'i gymharu ag amrywiolion eraill mewn rhai grwpiau oedran. Fodd bynnag, mae'r data'n dangos bod achosion yn parhau'n is mewn plant a phobl ifanc nag oedolion, a bod nifer yr achosion ymhlith plant llai na 5 oed a'r rhai rhwng 5 ac 11 oed yn gymharol isel. Yn gyffredinol, dim ond niferoedd cymharol isel o achosion positif ymhlith staff a phlant sydd wedi'u hadrodd i Arolygiaeth Gofal Cymru. Mae'n bwysig hefyd ein bod yn deall nad oes tystiolaeth bod yr amrywiolyn newydd yn cynyddu'r tebygolrwydd o ganlyniadau iechyd gwaeth i blant neu oedolion unigol, er bod angen parhau i fod yn gwbl ymwybodol o'r dymuniad i sicrhau bod pob gweithiwr yn cael ei amddiffyn rhag niwed y gellir ei osgoi.

Fodd bynnag, mae'r amrywiolyn newydd yn parhau i fod yn destun pryder mawr, ac er mwyn cadw R ar neu islaw 1 bydd angen i bob un ohonom wneud mwy i sicrhau ein bod yn dilyn y cyngor a'r arweiniad ar y camau y dylem fod yn eu cymryd ar y cyd ac yn unigol. Ein hymyriadau anfferyllol presennol yw'r ffordd fwyaf effeithiol o hyd o leihau'r risg o drosglwyddo, gan gynnwys y rhai sydd eisoes ar waith mewn lleoliadau gofal plant a gwaith chwarae. Mae'r rhain yn cynnwys glynu'n ofalus at fesurau ynysu a phrofi prydlon os bydd symptomau, cydweithredu â’r swyddogion profi ac olrhain, golchi dwylo, hylendid arwynebedd, awyru ystafelloedd, ymbellhau oddi wrth staff eraill a defnydd priodol o orchuddion wyneb gan rieni a gofalwyr. Dylai lleoliadau geisio gwneud cymaint o ddefnydd â phosibl o'u gofod awyr agored lle bynnag y bo cyfle.

Dylai lleoliadau hefyd fod yn sicrhau bod plant yn aros yn eu grwpiau cyswllt, gyda chysondeb o ran y plant a'r staff. Lle y bo'n bosibl, mae grwpiau cyswllt llai yn well gan eu bod yn lleihau lefelau cymysgu cymdeithasol ymhellach; mae eu maint yn golygu bod lleoliadau gofal plant a gwaith chwarae wedi bod yn dda iawn am reoli maint y grwpiau cyswllt hyd yma.

Rydym wedi darparu canllawiau ar y Mesurau Diogelu y gall lleoliadau gofal plant eu rhoi ar waith i'w cynorthwyo i liniaru risgiau ac mae arolwg o leoliadau cofrestredig nas cynhelir a gynhaliwyd y llynedd yn awgrymu eu bod yn gallu ac yn barod i weithredu'r mathau hyn o fesurau.

Gan edrych y tu hwnt i fesurau cyffredinol, mae asesiadau risg yn y gweithle ar gael i aelodau unigol o staff a byddem yn annog pawb i gynnal rhain. Dylai'r aelodau staff hynny sydd wedi cael eu cynghori i aros gartref neu warchod eu hunain wneud hynny. Dylai plant sydd wedi cael eu cynghori i warchod eu hunain aros gartref hefyd.    

Mae lleoliadau gofal plant a gwaith chwarae eisoes wedi gwneud addasiadau sylweddol i'r ffordd y maent yn gweithredu i sicrhau y gallant barhau â'u gwaith pwysig o ofalu am ein plant a'n pobl ifanc. Gan weithio gyda'n gilydd a dilyn y rheolau, gallwn barhau i ddiogelu Cymru.'

Darllenwch y datganiad llawn yma

Ar hyn o bryd mae PACEY Cymru yn cefnogi safbwynt Llywodraeth Cymru y dylai gofal plant yng Nghymru barhau i allu gweithredu cyhyd â bod hyn yn cael ei adolygu'n rheolaidd a'i seilio ar dystiolaeth wyddonol glir. Byddwn yn parhau i godi ymholiadau a herio ar bwyntiau allweddol yn enwedig os bydd y sefyllfa'n newid a bod y dystiolaeth yn dangos y dylai gofal plant gau. O dan y sefyllfa bresennol mae hyn yn sicrhau bod gan ddarparwyr yr hyblygrwydd (yn seiliedig ar eu hasesiadau risg eu hunain, gofynion cytundebol, anghenion ariannol a'r mesurau diogelu) i wneud penderfyniadau unigol mewn perthynas â gweithredu. Rydym wedi rhannu gwybodaeth am weithio gyda theuluoedd yn ein diweddariad blaenorol.

  • Galwodd PACEY Cymru am benderfyniad cyflym ynghylch a fydd cau ysgolion yn parhau y tu hwnt i'r 18fed Ionawr i gefnogi lleoliad gofal plant a theuluoedd i gynllunio anghenion gofal plant parhaus. Mae cenhedloedd eraill y DU wedi cadarnhau dyddiadau cau llawer hirach. Mae angen cadarnhad arnom ar hyn fel mater o frys.

Diweddariad diweddaraf:

Yn unol â'n stori newyddion diweddar, cadarnhawyd bellach oni bai bod gostyngiad sylweddol mewn achosion o coronafirws, bydd ysgolion yng Nghymru yn parhau i ddarparu darpariaeth ar-lein tan hanner tymor mis Chwefror gyda phresenoldeb gweithwyr critigol a phlant sy’n agored i niwed yn unig ar y safle. Mae Llywodraeth Cymru yn nodi nad yw ysgolion yn sydyn yn anniogel; nid ydynt yn peri mwy o risg i athrawon na myfyrwyr. Fodd bynnag, mae cadw ysgolion ar agor yn annog plant ac oedolion i gymysgu - y tu mewn a'r tu allan i gatiau'r ysgol - ar adeg pan mae achosion o coronafirws yn uchel yn y gymuned ac y mae straen heintus iawn yn lledaenu'n gyflym.

  • Galwodd PACEY Cymru am gadarnhad nad yw clybiau gweithgaredd/chwaraeon, nad yw'n ofynnol iddynt gofrestru o dan y gorchymyn eithriadau gofal plant ar hyn o bryd, yn gallu gweithredu o dan y cloi cyfredol a chadarnhad clir ar gamau a gymerir yn erbyn y rhain ac ar bwy y mae'r ddyletswydd arnynt i symud ymlaen ar unrhyw gamau. Teimlwn yn gryf na all gwasanaethau fel hyn ei chael y ddwy ffordd - maent naill ai'n ofal plant ac os felly ac yn gweithredu am dros ddwy awr bod angen eu cofrestru gyda AGC neu eu bod yn glwb gweithgaredd/chwaraeon na ddylid caniatáu iddynt weithredu ar hyn o bryd.

Diweddariad diweddaraf:

Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cadarnhau nad yw clybiau gweithgaredd/chwaraeon a fyddai fel arfer yn gweithredu o dan y gorchymyn eithriadau ac nad oes angen eu cofrestru gyda AGC yn gallu gweithredu o dan y broses gloi gyfredol. Rydym yn falch bod y sefyllfa hon wedi'i chadarnhau ac y bydd y sefyllfa hon yn cael ei gorfodi gan awdurdodau lleol. Byddwn yn parhau i godi materion mewn perthynas â hyn wrth iddynt godi.

  • Galwodd PACEY Cymru am gadarnhad a diweddariadau i Gwestiynau Cyffredin Llywodraeth Cymru mewn perthynas â safbwynt Llywodraeth Cymru ar gyfer gofal plant i blant oed ysgol (lle mae ysgolion ar gau). Rydym yn gwybod bod y Cwestiynau Cyffredin cyfredol yn nodi y gellir darparu gofal plant i blant o bob oed a heb ei gyfyngu ond rydym yn teimlo y byddai canllawiau penodol mewn perthynas â'r sefyllfa o amgylch gofal plant oed ysgol yn cefnogi'r sector wrth wneud penderfyniadau.

Diweddariad diweddaraf:

Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi diweddaru eu Cwestiynau Cyffredin i wneud y sefyllfa'n gliriach mewn perthynas â phlant oed ysgol. Mae hyn yn nodi ‘nid oes unrhyw gyfyngiadau ar wasanaethau lleoliadau gofal plant ar hyn o bryd. Gall plant oedran ysgol fynychu lleoliadau gofal plant, ond gofynnir i rieni ystyried yr opsiwn hwn yn ofalus a dim ond defnyddio gofal plant pan na ellir gofalu am blant gartref.’

Mae'r Mesurau Diogelu wedi'u diweddaru ac yn cael eu hadolygu'n gyson. Sicrhewch eich bod yn dilyn y ddolen i'r fersiwn ddiweddaraf yn hytrach nag defnyddio fersiwn hŷn.

  • Mae PACEY Cymru wedi galw am ystyriaeth bellach a blaenoriaeth uwch ar gyfer y brechlyn a phrofion cyfresol i'r rhai sy'n gweithio ym maes gofal plant o ystyried bod llawer yn gofalu am blant y rhai sy'n gweithio yng ngwasanaethau rheng flaen y GIG a'r ffaith nad yw gweithwyr gofal plant yn benodol, yn aml yn gallu cadw pellter cymdeithasol gan blant ifanc yn yr un modd ag eraill oherwydd anghenion gofal personol.

Diweddariad diweddaraf:

Mae PACEY wedi codi materion yn ymwneud â blaenoriaeth brechlyn ar lefel y DU o ystyried nad yw hwn yn benderfyniad a wneir gan Lywodraeth Cymru. Mae hyn yn parhau i gael ei drafod ar lefel seneddol a byddwn yn rhannu datblygiadau pellach.

Mae Cwlwm, y grŵp sy'n dwyn ynghyd y 5 sefydliad gofal plant a chwarae blaenllaw yng Nghymru (gan gynnwys PACEY Cymru), yn galw am roi blaenoriaeth i holl ymarferwyr gofal plant a gwaith chwarae yng Nghymru ar gyfer y brechlyn Coronafeirws ar yr un pryd ag athrawon a staff addysg. Mae cysylltiad agos rhwng ysgolion a gofal plant ac, drwy gydol y pandemig, maent wedi darparu darpariaeth ddiogel i blant ledled Cymru. Ac er bod cyfraddau trosglwyddo ymysg plant hŷn yn uwch, mae ymbellhau cymdeithasol mewn gofal plant yn llawer mwy cymhleth felly dylid darparu'r un amddiffyniad i ymarferwyr gofal plant a chwarae â chydweithwyr addysg yn yr amserlen frechu.

Rydym yn cynnal trafodaethau parhaus gyda Llywodraeth Cymru mewn perthynas â Phrofi Cyfresol ar gyfer lleoliadau gofal plant gyda chyfarfod arall wedi'i gynllunio ar gyfer yr wythnos nesaf.

Pwyntiau eraill

Cefnogaeth ariannol

O ystyried y sefyllfa bresennol a'r pwysau ariannol ar draws y sector gofal plant, bydd cyllid ychwanegol ar gyfer 2020-21 yn cael ei ddarparu i awdurdodau lleol drwy'r Grant Plant a Chymunedau. Mae'r cyllid hwn yn ychwanegol at y dyraniad untro a ddarparwyd yr hydref diwethaf i gefnogi lleoliadau gofal plant a chwarae y mae Covid -19 yn effeithio arnynt a bydd yn galluogi awdurdodau lleol i gefnogi cynaliadwyedd lleoliadau gofal plant yn ystod chwarter olaf y flwyddyn ariannol 2020-2021. 

Mae’n bosib y gall cyllid y Cynnig Gofal Plant barhau i gael ei dalu ar sail yr oriau a drefnwyd mewn rhai amgylchiadau pan fo Covid-19 yn amharu ar wasanaethau gofal plant. Bydd eich awdurdod lleol yn gallu darparu rhywfaint o gyllid i helpu â chostau ychwanegol neu golled incwm a wynebwch o ganlyniad i Covid-19. Dylech gysylltu â’ch awdurdod lleol a thrafod hyn â nhw.

Cwestiynau iechyd a meddygol

Mae yna hefyd nifer o gwestiynau rydyn wedi'u cyflwyno mewn perthynas â materion iechyd neu feddygol y mae Llywodraeth Cymru yn eu gofyn i'w cynghorydd gwyddonol, rydyn ni'n aros am yr ymateb i'r rhain ac y byddwn ni'n eu rhannu pan dderbynnir hyn.

Cynnig Gofal Plant i Gymru

Rydym hefyd wedi bod yn trafod, fel sector gyda Llywodraeth Cymru ac awdurdodau lleol, ymholiadau mewn perthynas â Chynnig Gofal Plant ar gyfer lleoedd a ariennir gan Gymru. Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi adolygu Canllawiau i ddarparwyr gofal plant ar Gynnig Gofal Plant Cymru: y coronafeirws a Chanllawiau i rieni ar Gynnig Gofal Plant Cymru: y coronafeirws. Mae hyn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth ddefnyddiol mewn perthynas â threfniadau dros dro ar gyfer lleoedd a ariennir gan Gynnig Gofal Plant i Gymru. Mae PACEY Cymru hefyd wedi diweddaru ein Cwestiynau Cyffredin i adlewyrchu hyn.

Ymlacio Safonau Gofynnol Cenedlaethol

Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cyhoeddi Y Safonau Gofynnol Genedlaethol ar gyfer Gofal Plant a Covid-19: ailgyflwyno’r trefniadau llacio dros dro tan 30 Mehefin 2021.  Mae'n egluro o dan ba amgylchiadau, ac yn ddarostyngedig i ba drefniadau, y bydd Llywodraeth Cymru yn caniatáu llacio rhai o'r gofynion yn y Safonau Gofynnol Cenedlaethol ar gyfer Gofal Plant a Reoleiddir.  Rhaid cael cymeradwyaeth yr awdurdod lleol cyn gweithredu unrhyw lacio ar y gymhareb staffio yn unol â safbwynt blaenorol.

Cymorth Cyntaf

Mae AGC wedi cydnabod yn eu cwestiynau cyffredin eu bod yn ymwybodol bod rhai cyrsiau ar gael sy'n cynnwys cyfuniad o ddiwrnod ar-lein ac un diwrnod ymarferol (wyneb yn wyneb) ond bod lleoedd yn gyfyngedig oherwydd cadw pellter cymdeithasol. Lle mae angen i chi adnewyddu eich tystysgrif cymorth cyntaf ac na allwch gael mynediad at gwrs ymarferol, yna yn y lle cyntaf, gallwch ddilyn cwrs ar-lein i ddiweddaru eich gwybodaeth ond yna cyrchu cwrs ymarferol addas cyn gynted â phosibl.

Yn benodol ar gyfer y rhai sydd am wneud cais i ddod yn warchodwr plant cofrestredig yng Nghymru, mae AGC wedi nodi, yn absenoldeb cwrs ymarferol, y byddant yn derbyn cwrs ar-lein at ddibenion cofrestru er mwyn peidio â dod â cheisiadau am gofrestriad i ben oherwydd y diffyg cyrsiau ymarferol. Bydd yr arolygydd yn siarad â'r ymgeisydd i ganfod ei fod yn teimlo'n hyderus i ddelio ag unrhyw argyfwng cymorth cyntaf pediatreg ar ôl gwneud cwrs ar-lein yn unig. Os nad yw'r ymgeisydd yn teimlo'n hyderus yna dylent aros nes bod cwrs ymarferol ar gael cyn bwrw ymlaen â'u cais. Bydd yr arolygydd hefyd yn siarad am yr angen i gwblhau cwrs ymarferol cyn gynted ag y bydd un ar gael.

Mae PACEY Cymru yn gweithio'n agos gyda Proactive First Aid yng Nghymru sy'n cynnig cyrsiau cyfunol sy'n cynnwys elfennau ar-lein ac ymarferol.

Diolch am eich cefnogaeth.

Fel y dywedwyd eisoes, rydym yn parhau i dderbyn nifer fawr o bryderon ac ymholiadau gan aelodau ac yn gweithio'n ddiflino ar ran y sector i ymateb i'r rhain. Byddem bob amser yn cynghori aelodau i sicrhau eu bod yn defnyddio ffynonellau gwybodaeth ddibynadwy ac i beidio â rhannu postion o ffynonellau na ellir eu gwirio gweler ein blog ar Syniadau Da ar Lywio Gwybodaeth. Rydym yn canolbwyntio ein gwaith ar fynd i'r afael â materion a phryderon sy'n gysylltiedig â gwybodaeth a rennir o ffynonellau dibynadwy er enghraifft Llywodraeth Cymru, Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru ac Awdurdodau Lleol yn uniongyrchol.

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