The official opening of Cylch Meithrin Trefynwy took place on Thursday 14th November and is such an important first step towards ensuring Welsh medium provision in the Monmouth area. The early years childcare setting welcomes parents, babies and toddlers living in Monmouth and surrounding areas to experience both the fun and proven benefits of a bilingual education.

The Cylch Meithrin, is situated at Rockfield Park Community Centre and is an Early Years Welsh Medium Childcare setting for children between the ages of two and four years of age. It currently runs on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 12:30 – 3:00pm. It will provide high quality childcare through the medium of Welsh, is registered with Care Inspectorate Wales and is able to accept Child Care Vouchers.

This ground-breaking new venture is run by a small committee and employs a number of staff all who are absolutely passionate about bringing the Welsh language into the lives of more families in the county. It complements the successful Welsh medium baby massage, rhyme time and yoga sessions that are already taking place across the county.

The new Cylch springs from Mudiad Meithrin’s response to the Welsh Government’s Welsh language strategy ‘Cymraeg 2050:Meithrin Miliwn’ that recognises the importance and influence of the Early Years in creating Welsh speakers, and supports the vision of a million Welsh speakers by 2050. The aim of the Cylch is to help achieve this aim with Monmouthshire playing its part.

The Cylch committee also runs a popular ‘Ti a Fi’ (carer and toddler group) at Rockfield Park on a Monday morning at 10:45am.

Celebrations in the day ended, amid much excitement, with the cutting of a cake by a child who attends the Cylch – a truly memorable occasion!

Will Mclean, Chief Officer for Children and Young People said:

“This is fantastic, I am so pleased that more children will have the opportunity to experience and become immersed in the Welsh language. It is so pleasing to see this Cylch come to fruition, especially with the wonderful news of the funding being made available for a new Welsh medium school in the area. I would personally like to thank the trustees, Chair and staff for making the setting a fun and inspiring place to play.”

Committee members were delighted to see so many local people attend to help celebrate the important new provision. Chairperson and trustee of the Cylch, April Wiggins, thanked those present for their support and hard work in helping to ensure the success of the Cylch – an important first step towards ensuring Welsh medium provision in the Monmouth area. The team welcomed Mudiad Meithrin’s Chief Executive, Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davis who expressed her thanks to staff and parents for coming along to the official opening.

The children were pleased to receive a visit from Dewin, Mudiad Meithrin’s lovable children’s character.

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