New early years facility to be built

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15 September 2020

Image of lady watching young child building a towerA new £2m facility to meet the growing demand for Welsh-medium early years places is to be built in south Powys, the county council has announced.

The new, fit-for-purpose facility will be built on the site of Ysgol Gymraeg Dyffryn y Glowyr, a Welsh-medium primary school in Lower Cwmtwrch, and will accommodate a total of 120 Childcare offer, Flying Start and early year places through the medium of Welsh.

The facility will be built thanks to funding from the Welsh Government, which has been secured by Powys County Council.

Work on the new facility is due to start later this month (September) and will be carried out by Llanelli-based construction company Morganstone.

Currently, the existing early years setting, Dechrau Disglair, is based in Ysgol Gymraeg Dyffryn y Glowyr, which opened in 2012 as a successful Welsh-medium school.

However, the school has reached its capacity and there continues to be a significant demand for Welsh-medium provision in the area.

The development, which will be built as a separate block on the school site, will include Early Years and Flying Start facilities as well as three additional classrooms for Foundation Phase learners.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said:

"One of our aims in our Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys is to improve access to Welsh-medium provision across all key stages. This development will help us deliver this aim.

"The demand of Welsh-medium education in this part of Powys is high but Ysgol Gymraeg Dyffryn y Glowyr has reached its capacity and this needs to be addressed urgently.

"This development will not only provide a fit-for-purpose facility for early years but will also free up much-needed room within Ysgol Gymraeg Dyffryn y Glowyr as well as ensuring a seamless transition between from early years setting into the primary school."

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