In terms a young child’s development, the experiences of joining a ‘Cymraeg for Kids’ programme, going to the Cylch Ti a Fi with Mum or Dad and starting to take steps towards independence at the Cylch Meithrin are crucial! That’s why the quality and standard of the provision – and all the learning through play fun experiences with a competent, professional workforce – is key.
When it comes to the Welsh language, when Mudiad Meithrin was established in 1971, that year’s Census figures stated that 11.3% of 3-4 year olds in Wales could speak Welsh.There has been a gradual increase in this percentage in every decade since then with the 2011 Census statistics showing a significant increase of 23.3% of 3-4 year olds able to speak Welsh. Undoubtedly, we are certain that the hard work undertaken in immersing children in the Welsh language in the Cylchoedd Meithrin and Cylchoedd Ti a Fi leading to the growth of Welsh-medium education has contributed greatly to ensuring this progress.
For further information about the history of Mudiad Meithrin see the following literature:
Meithrin – Hanes Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin 1971-1996, Catrin Stevens, Gwasg Gomer, ISBN: 978-1859023389
Cylch o Hanner Canrif, Mererid Hopwood, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, ISBN: 9781845277987
Gwerddon: (Welsh language provision for young children: landmarks and challenges in the development of nursery education in Wales)’, Siân Wyn Siencyn. A special edition of the journal that gives insight to the Mudiad’s history.