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Playgroup and Cylch Meithrin

Playgroups and Cylchoedd Meithrin provide quality play, learning and development experiences for children aged two to four years old. You will find more information about what they do and advice on how to find a job in playgroups on this page.


What are Playgroups/ Cylchoedd Meithrin?

Playgroups/ Cylchoedd Meithrin are also referred to as ‘Sessional Care’. Each session is usually provided for up to four hours a day and children who attend are supported to learn through play and active involvement.

Playgroups can be run privately or by a committee of local parents or carers. The sessions are often held in community centres, schools or nurseries.  They can take place during term time only, or during the school holidays and can provide support services around local primary schools.

Providers aim to create a safe and engaging environment where children can learn through play and inclusive activities. Children can develop their social skills through interaction with other children.

Playgroups/ Cylchoedd Meithrin in Wales are required to meet the required standards set out and enforced by Care Inspectorate Wales.


Find jobs in Playgroups/ Cylchoedd Meithrin

If you’re ready to find your next role straight away, you can start right here by browsing the job vacancies listed on our website.

Working in playgroups or Cylchoedd Meithrin is a great option for anyone who is enthusiastic about children’s development through playing and learning. We made a video to highlight how important these workers are in helping children to reach their potential.

Working in early years can be a long and rewarding career. You will find job roles from sessional day care assistant practitioner, to practitioner and all the way up to manager in this field. Jane gives us some great insight about her 33-year career in early years, where she emphasises how special and worthwhile it feels. You can watch Jane’s video here.

If you’re looking to take your first step into working in early years, The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has a great guide on how to get started. You can read it on the PACEY website.

Early Years Wales provide support and guidance on their website to members and individuals who are interested in, employed or volunteer in the childcare sector.

Mudiad Meithrin also offer training support on their website.

Roles within Playgroup and Cylch Meithrin

Sessional Day Care Practitioner

As a Sessional Day Care Practitioner you’ll develop a stimulation environment that will help children to thrive.

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Sessional Day Care Assistant Practitioner

As a Sessional Day Care Assistant Practitioner, you’ll be working under supervision providing care for children.

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Sessional Day Care Manager

As a Sessional Day Care Manager you’ll be responsible for the overall quality, delivery and sustainability of your setting.

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As a Playworker you’ll be responsible for setting up activities for children to explore through play.

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Senior Playworker

A Senior Playworker has the same role as a Playworker in supporting children’s play, and at the same time takes on additional responsibility for the setting. The extra responsibilities might include supervising volunteers and playworkers, handling budgets or representing the setting in meetings with other professionals. The role involves working together with management, your team, […]

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