Childcare Provision

Y Gamfa Wen on the carmarthen campus has purpose-built facilities for babies and young children.

The nursery provide a safe and welcoming environment where children receive the best care and attention. there’s ample play space, indoors and out, high quality equipment and well-qualified bilingual staff - all of which combine to provide an enriching experience for children.

For further information, please contact 01267 676645.

For students on our swansea campus please contact the student services team on 01792 481206 for information on childcare options in the area.

Y Gamfa Wen - Carmarthen Campus

Tel: 01267 676645
E-mail: ygamfawen@uwtsd.ac.uk

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Y Gamfa Wen is a purpose built day nursery located at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Registered with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW). The nursery provides a safe and welcoming environment where your child will receive the best care and attention. There’s ample play space, indoors and out, high quality equipment, and well qualified staff... all of which combine to provide an enriching experience for your child. All welcome - children of students, staff and members of the public

Age range:
From birth to 5 years

Opening hours:
Open weekdays from 8am - 6pm

Why choose Y Gamfa Wen?

The nursery operates in the main, through the Welsh language. Children, whether first or second language Welsh speakers are supported in gaining language skills during purposeful play activities. All staff are fluent Welsh speakers so can support your child and you in a natural way.

We work within the Foundation Phase framework with the 3 year olds, which places great emphasis on children learning through first-hand experiential activities with the serious business of ‘play’ providing the vehicle. Through their play, the children practice and consolidate their learning, play with ideas, experiment, take risks, solve problems and make decisions individually and in groups.

Why would it be a good idea for my child to speak and understand Welsh?

Some examples of what research proves:

  • learning another language helps intellectual development
    - children learn to think in different ways/divergently
  • results in school show improved performance for bilingual children
  • if a child has 2 languages they will find it easier to learn a third
  • future career opportunities

Nursery staff work closely with lecturers in the School of Early Years

How can this help my child?

  • ideas for innovative practical activities, which have been proved to aid all-round child development can be introduced eg, heuristic play (discovering and exploring new things)
  • lecturers share knowledge of different approaches such as High/Scope and Reggio Emilia which can encourage children to become independent
  • good quality resources can be shared eg, multicultural musical equipment, dolls with wheelchairs to help children understand inclusion
  • expert support/advice is on hand when needed eg, with managing particular behaviour displayed by children - this advice can then be shared with parents to aid them in their sometimes difficult role

Good quality, specialist equipment

Why is this important?

  • we have chosen to buy the best quality, Community Playthings equipment because it is safe, durable, practical and child friendly. For details on why this equipment helps children, see communityplaythings.co.uk
  • we have spent extensively on 2 types of wooden blocks because block play can cover all aspects of the curriculum and all areas of development:
    • Physical: gross and fine motor skills are developed, muscles are built, co-ordination is mastered
    • Intellectual: problem solving, concentration, mathematical concepts, memory, use of the imagination
    • Language and social: opportunities to discuss work in progress, work with others, to cooperate, take turns, share
    • Emotional: helps them to play out situations, make sense of the world, express their feelings, have fun

Opportunities for outdoor play

We have an outdoor play space with a covered verandah as we feel very strongly that children must have sufficient exercise and fresh air. Why is outdoor play important?

  • it enhances all areas of development
  • it is what children enjoy - gives them freedom
  • children become healthier - their immune system is strengthened
  • children’s behaviour improves when they can run around and let off steam

Students on BA Early Years Education at University of Wales Trinity Saint David work closely with the staff and children at Y Gamfa Wen, the University day nursery to develop their outside play environment.

To date, they have created 2 structures from willow: a tunnel and a den.

We provide a welcoming environment for parents

Nursery staff strongly believe in the value of partnership with parents. This is not a place where you’ll feel guilty about leaving your child, but where you’ll feel happy that they will have a positive learning experience in a caring environment. Feel free to share any issues relating to your child’s development - help and advice is always on hand.

We would be happy to show you around our premises and/or provide additional information - please contact:

Tel: 01267 676645
E-mail: ygamfawen@uwtsd.ac.uk

1/2 day morning session 8am-1pm - £26

1/2 day afternoon session 1pm-6pm - £25

Full day 8am-6pm - £37

After school 3pm-6pm - £15

10% discount given for x5 full day week booking pattern

£3 for each school pick up or drop off

£5 for 7:30 start on request