Press Releases 2014-2015

Innovative partnership between the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Mudiad Meithrin launched at the Urdd Eisteddfod

22.05.2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has launched a unique partnership with Mudiad Meithrin to provide an additional qualification to students studying for a BA in Early Childhood through the medium of Welsh.

From September onwards, students studying through the medium of Welsh with the University’s School of Early Childhood will have the opportunity to study for a vocational qualification Level 3 Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development through ‘Cam wrth Gam’ – Mudiad Meithrin’s subsidiary national training programme.

This qualification will be in addition to the BA degree and will be authenticated by CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education).  It will in turn enable successful students to work in a Cylch Meithrin, day nursery or as a childcare provider.

The launch took place at the University's stand during the Urdd Eisteddfod in Caerphilly.

Ann-Marie Gealy, Head of School of Early Childhood, University of Wales Trinity Saint David:
"The School of Early Childhood is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership between the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Mudiad Meithrin. This innovative initiative will enable students studying on the BA Early Childhood welsh language course to also study for a vocational qualification Level 3.

"By offering this additional qualification, the School of Early Childhood is responding to new challenges set by the Welsh Government and the Care Council for Wales to ensure a competent workforce to work with young children. It will extend the employability of our students and will bridge research, theory, and best practice with young children. Everyone will benefit!"

Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Chief Executive of Mudiad Meithrin said:
"I am extremely proud of this innovative partnership between Mudiad Meithrin and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the way it’s tackling the challenge in terms of the early years workforce - namely the lack of vocational qualifications for those studying BA Early Childhood Studies.

"With a growing emphasis on the professionalisation of the Early Years and the demand for qualified staff that can offer a service in Welsh, it’s great to have a plan in place that will enable future students to gain a degree whilst also gaining a vocational qualification and work experience in a nursery or a similar environment.”

Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies continues by saying: “The ‘Cam wrth Gam’ name is well-known and the expertise, infrastructure and experience that have been developed over the years provide a strong foundation to develop the scheme and the relationship further."

For further information about the BA Early Childhood offered by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David on its campus in Carmarthen, contact Glenda Tinney by emailing g.tinney@pcydds.ac.uk

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk/ 07449 998476
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014