CYLCH Meithrin Eco Tywi in Carmarthen is the first non-plastic Cylch Meithrin in Wales. Apart from the personal protective equipment required due to the pandemic regulations, it does not use single use plastic, and most toys are made of wood, stone or have been recycled. Nappies and washing up liquid are plastic-free, the dishes are made from bamboo and they recycle as much as possible.
There’s more good news too. After a successful bid, Cylch Meithrin Eco Tywi has been awarded new resources by ‘Keep Wales Tidy’ which include a host of gardening resources such as a raised bed for growing their own fruit, vegetables and herbs. This will be a great opportunity to teach the children about the importance of growing vegetables and fruits and to be self-sufficient.
Lleucu Angharad Edwards is the Leader of Cylch Meithrin Eco Tywi, which is located at Carmarthen’s Football Club. Lleucu has a degree in Early Years Education and is currently working towards a Level 5 Certificate in Childcare. Since graduating she has worked at Gamfa Wen Nursery, has been a classroom assistant in a number of primary schools and an assistant Development Officer with the Urdd. Additionally, she assists at the Priory’s Sunday School in Carmarthen.
“It’s great to be able to give the children of Carmarthen the opportunity to learn to live a sustainable and plastic-free life. It’s important to develop the children as promoters for the environment. There’s no doubt that the children enjoy learning through playing in eco-friendly ways.”
Carole Williams, Mudiad Meithrin’s Officer for the area, added:
“It’s great to see this kind of cylch in the Carmarthenshire area and it’s a great example to other Cylchoedd Meithrin in Wales.”
Cylch Meithrin Eco Tywi has registered with CIW (Care Inspectorate Wales) and provides wrap around care. They’ve also registered with the 30 hour Childcare Offer. If you’re interested in bringing your child to the cylch or would like more information, please contact Lleucu Edwards on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the cylch’s Facebook page, Cylch Meithrin Tywi.