6 Welsh Language Play Groups Within The Vale

This original post was taken from a Mamsworld website and can be found here!

You don’t need to speak Welsh fluently for you and babi to enjoy the benefits of a Welsh language play group. There are several cylchoedd Ti a Fi for pre-schoolers and their grown ups in the Vale.

I’m not a fluent Welsh speaker, and my husband’s English, but we want Tennessee to go to Welsh school. It’s one of the reasons we moved to Barry.

I’ve been told repeatedly it’s not important whether he can speak Welsh before he starts school, but when a mate mentioned she goes to a Welsh language play group with her son I fancied giving it a try. It’d also give me the chance to practice my own Welsh.

But it took me ages to find out where the nearest group was. At one point I contemplated heading to Skewen, near Swansea, to join my friend’s group. These activities are often under-marketed and, if they’re in Flying Start areas, crying out for people to attend to keep the group up and running.

Having stumbled across the information I needed by chance at a Cardiff bookshop, I want to pass on what I’ve found.
Go along, support your community, and make some amazing friends.

*** I have really limited information on good quality Welsh or bilingual playgroups in the Vale, so if you have any information about others please do get in touch with me so I can add it to this list. This is about sharing information and opening things up to mums who feel isolated. ***

1. Barry
Where: Ysgol Gwaun-y-Nant, Amroth Ct, Barry CF62 9DU
When: Mondays during term time, 115-245pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Sue Davies, Flying Start Senior Early Years Practitioner on 01446 732180; email SueDavies@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

This is such a gorgeous place to head on a Monday afternoon. The staff are wonderfully friendly, there is absolutely no pressure if you don’t speak Welsh and Tennessee loved playing with the various toys and musical instruments they bring. Flying Start officers are around to offer advice and support and before the end of the group everyone gathers and sings Welsh songs and rhymes. I didn’t have a clue with the words but that didn’t matter at all – the kids love it. Go along. Entrance is around the side of the play area – don’t head to the main school reception like I did. Embarrassing. You’ll make friends and so will babi bach.

2. Barry
Where: Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, Heol Colcot / Colcot Road, Y Barri / Barry CF62 8YU
When: Thursdays during term-time, 2-315pm
Cost: TBC
Contact: Menna Roberts on 01446 450280; email post@bromorgannwg.org.uk

3. Babi Bach
When and where:
Mondays 10am at Adventure Island – Esplanade Buildings, Friars Road, Barry CF62 5TJ
Wednesdays 945am (term time) – Highlight Park Community Centre, Stirling Rd, Barry CF62 8NX
Thursdays 10am and 2pm Giggles Toy Shop – High Street, Barry CF62 7DX
Cost: £5 per class
Contact: Penni on 07739 504 744; email info@babibach.co.uk or visit www.babibach.co.uk

What: Okay, so it’s less a playgroup and more a musical extravaganza but I felt Babi Bach deserved a mention here.

I’ll make sure we go along so that I can review it myself, but I’ve been wanting to get along to this bilingual Welsh/English music class since I had Tennessee. We listen to the CD in the car incessantly. There are classes scattered across Barry all week so it’s pretty easy for mums to find one that fits.

Babi Bach aims to introduce your little one to music and language from birth up to the age of 3. It is suitable for fluent Welsh speakers, rusty speakers or complete learners – the class material will help you to bond with your child through music and language. Each 30 minute class includes songs and nursery rhymes in both languages and you don’t need to understand Welsh to join in with your child.

It’s a chilled out class that enables kids to embrace another language. And you can pay as you go along so no hefty up front commitment that is often a challenge for new mums to keep to. I’ll be sending my mum along with T in the new year so will post an update when that happens.

4. Dinas Powys
Where: Kynance Hall, Mount Road, Dinas Powys CF64 4DS
When: Friday mornings at 10am
Cost: TBC
Contact: Elinor Elias Jones on 02920 512405 or 07967 188347; email: elinoreliasjones@sky.com
I loved this group when we first attended but unfortunately I only made it there once because I then discovered the Barry group, which was closer. Wonderful people. Tea and toast for the grown ups and lots of friendly chatter in Welsh and English – if you can speak Welsh it’s a great opportunity to push yourself to practice with non-judgmental people to help. The older kids loved running around and playing with the toys on offer, communicating in Welsh without even thinking about it., and Tenny (then still quite young) loved watching them interact.

5. Llantwit Major
Where: Yr Hen Ysgol / The Old School, Wine Street, Llanilltud Fawr / Llantwit Major, CF61 1RZ
When: Tuesdays 915-1115am, Thursday 130-315pm
Cost: TBC
Contact: Kirsti Louise Harding on 07908 308294; email cylchmeithrinllanilltudfawr@gmail.com

6. Cowbridge
Where: The Broadshoard, Y Bontfaen / Cowbridge, CF71 7DA
When: Fridays 1230-2pm
Contact: Anwen Evans on 01446 776250; email cylchmeithrin@btconnect.com

This original post was taken from a Mamsworld website and can be found here!