We will establish a national free, Welsh-medium early years education and childcare service, Meithrin Cymru, giving high quality provision for children aged 12 months until they are eligible for full time education.
This will be a phased-in policy over two Government terms, much of it to be implemented within the first term. As a first step 30 hours of childcare a week will be available to children regardless of their family’s work status. By the end of the Government’s first term the offer will have been extended to 30 hours of childcare a week to every child 2 years old and above.
We will invest in the childcare workforce, including increasing the number of degree-qualified nursery teachers. Our aim is to move towards giving Qualified Teacher Status for as many as possible in the sector, with the increase in pay, conditions, and status this would entail. We will create a dedicated funding pot to achieve this.
We will use this first stage of development to ensure that all children can learn through the medium of Welsh by the time they start school. By working with childcare providers, such as Mudiad Meithrin, we will aim for Welsh language childcare being available in all parts of Wales. These plans will be supported by further workforce planning, targets and reforms in a Welsh Language Education Act.
We will offer free Welsh language learning opportunities to nursery teachers in the English-medium sector so they can take advantage of new Welsh-medium work opportunities.
I'm voting Plaid10,425 votes
With hundreds of our candidates and supporters campaigning all over Wales, it would be a big help to us to know that you're voting for us, enabling us to focus our campaign efforts on persuading those who haven't yet made up their mind.
Please let us know if you're voting Plaid Cymru this year.
Are you voting Plaid Cymru?
By answering this survey, you agree to Plaid Cymru recording your political opinion and using it for campaigning purposes. You can find our data protection policy here.