Nia Parry speaks to some well-known mams and dads who have taken the decision to take their kids from toddler to teenager through the medium of Welsh. Starting the journey at Welsh language playgroup - the Cylch Meithrin - Nia hears stories and gets expert advice to help parents looking to start a bilingual journey for their child. This is a podcast from meithrin.cymru - charity number 1022320.
Gwefan: Baby Steps Into Welsh
Wales’ new Health Minister, Baroness Eluned Morgan was the government minister in charge of the Welsh language from 2017 to 2021. A vicar's daughter born in a deprived area of Cardiff, and the only Welsh speaking family on the estate at the time. In an interview recorded before the election, she talks to Nia about how her mother started the local Cylch Meithrin - a Welsh language playgroup, and how she believes Cylch Meithrin is so important in getting to a million Welsh speakers by 2050. Bilingualism expert, Dr Sian Wyn Siencyn listens in and explains how speaking other languages improves a child's confidence and their social skills.
Tue, 11 May 2021 23:00:06 +0000Chwarae Lawrlwythwch
Will it hinder my child's learning if I don't speak Welsh? Will my child need to attend a Cylch Meithrin if I want them to go to Welsh-medium primary school? Dr Sian Wyn Siencyn is back to answer more of your questions about your child taking their own baby steps into Welsh.
Tue, 04 May 2021 23:00:06 +0000Chwarae Lawrlwythwch
How do children become bilingual? What is immersion and why is it effective? Over the next two episodes, our resident expert Dr Sian Wyn Siencyn answers your questions about Welsh-medium education and bringing your children up bilingually.
Tue, 27 Apr 2021 23:00:11 +0000Chwarae Lawrlwythwch
Aran Jones and Catrin Lliar published the first few lessons of the learning programme, Say Something in Welsh, four days before the birth of their first child and whilst living in Catrin's sister's converted pigsty. The programme has since helped over 60,000 people to learn Welsh across the globe. Despite this, Aran tells Nia that it wasn't always easy for him to learn Welsh and other languages. Both talk passionately about how sending your children through Welsh-medium education is like opening the door for them to a new world. Bilingualism expert, Dr Sian Wyn Siencyn joins Nia to explain how children learn languages naturally and easily as part of their development
Tue, 20 Apr 2021 23:00:04 +0000Chwarae Lawrlwythwch
Outgoing Member of the Senedd, Bethan Sayed and her husband Rahil are the proud parents of a lockdown baby. The plan is for little Idris to go to Cylch Meithrin, Welsh-medium playgroup, in order to be fluent in Welsh, English and Hindi. But Rahil, founder of the Cardiff Film Festival, is less convinced about sending Idris to Welsh-medium primary for fear he might not be able to help him. Can Bethan persuade him? Plus, bilingualism expert, Dr Sian Wyn Siencyn, is back with Nia to talk about how children can adapting to learning multiple languages.
Tue, 13 Apr 2021 23:00:20 +0000Chwarae Lawrlwythwch
When comedian and podcaster Mike Bubbins and his wife, deputy headteacher Kelly had kids, it was her desire to send them to a Welsh-medium nursery and school. Mike had his concerns. Neither of them spoke Welsh and he worried that they’d be unable to help them with their school work. Kelly and Mike talk to Nia Parry about how Cylch Meithrin changed his mind, and why Welsh-medium education is the best decision they have ever made. Plus, expert in early years bilingualism, Dr Sian Wyn Siencyn, listens along with Nia and answers some of the key concerns that non-Welsh speaking families have about Welsh-medium education.
Tue, 06 Apr 2021 23:00:12 +0000Chwarae Lawrlwythwch
When Good Morning Britain presenter Sean Fletcher married TV producer Luned Tonderai, he vowed in his wedding speech to learn Welsh! They talk to Nia Parry about why Welsh language education was a 'no-brainer', and a 'gift' for their children and how Cylch Meithrin - Welsh language nursery - was a crucial step in their journey. Sean also shares his own journey of learning Welsh alongside his children, and how despite a move to London, Welsh is as present as ever in their family home.
Listening along to the interview is Dr Sian Wyn Siencyn, an expert in early years and bilingual education. Sian talks to Nia about some of the main points raised by Sean and Luned which are likely to resonate with parents listening to the podcast.
Tue, 30 Mar 2021 23:00:09 +0000Chwarae Lawrlwythwch
Baby Steps Into Welsh is a new podcast series by Mudiad Meithrin; the main providers of Welsh-medium early years education in Wales. Presented by TV Presenter Nia Parry, the podcast provides an opportunity for well-known parents to share their real-life experiences and their concerns around Welsh-medium language education. The series starts on Wednesday 31st March 2020. Click Follow now to get every episode when it's ready.
Wed, 24 Mar 2021 22:57:29 +0000Chwarae Lawrlwythwch