Children in Burry Port will now receive Welsh language education from the age of three, in a move agreed by Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board.
Part time early years nursery provision will be provided at the town’s Ysgol Parc Y Tywyn for pupils when they reach three. Until now it has only accepted pupils from the age of four.
The council has committed to working closely with private sector child care providers in the area to ensure families can benefit from ‘wrap around’ services, and to reduce the impact on local businesses – one of the main issues identified during a wide-ranging consultation.
Cllr Glynog Davies, executive board member for education and children’s services, said: “Cylch Meithrin in Burry Port has done excellent work in the past. The nursery education given will be part time. There’s a possibility for the Meithrin and us to work together to provide a wrap-around service.”
Currently, early years provision is provided at 36 schools across Carmarthenshire, however, Cllr Davies said this could be extended to all schools in the future.
A ‘task and finish’ group of councillors has been set up to look into the issue.