Press Releases 2014-2015

Y Gamfa Wen Nursery Celebrates a Top Class Inspection


Y Gamfa Wen – the nursery at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen - is celebrating following its recent positive Estyn inspection.  The nursery was classed as ‘Good’ and was seen to have many strengths with no important areas requiring significant improvement.

Y Gamfa Wen is a purpose built day nursery located at the University’s Carmarthen campus and is registered with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW). The Welsh-medium nursery provides a safe and welcoming environment where children receive the best care and attention. The nursery is open to all – children of students, staff as well as the general public.  There’s ample play space, indoors and out, high quality equipment, and well qualified staff.

During the inspection, Y Gamfa Wen was praised for the good opportunities offered to children to use their Welsh speaking skills in different situations; for the effective provision to develop children's creative skills and for the very good relationship between children and practitioners and for helping to develop the children’s confidence as learners.

The report also noted the nursery’s constructive approaches that promote very good standards of behaviour, and for the promotion of children's awareness of the importance of caring for the environment.

Members of staff were complimented too on the way they provide children with a wide range of stimulating experiences as well as for the effective teaching that ensures the active involvement of children in their learning. 

Also highlighted is the fact that Y Gamfa Wen provides a happy, caring and supportive environment for all children.

“We are so proud of the report that we received from the Estyn inspection,” says Delyth Davies, Manager of Y Gamfa Wen.

“Everyone has worked very hard and the process has certainly increased staff morale,” adds Delyth.  “We are of course dedicated to providing a great education for the children but our priority however is care; providing unfaltering care for the children, that’s what comes first. It was lovely to hear from the inspector that our love towards the children was clear to see.

“At Y Gamfa Wen, children also enjoy exploring the outdoors. When we are focusing on a subject, the seaside for example, we take the children to the beach in order for them to gain experiences and to learn by doing instead of learning from seeing a photograph. We listen to the children and what they are interested in and change and adapt our themes accordingly, if we sense that the children are getting bored then we move on to a fresh subject.”

Sustainability is at the heart of the University and Y Gamfa Wen promotes this ethos by giving children hands on experiences - encouraging children to compost food waste and to recycle. The children also plant, grow and eat vegetables from the nursery’s garden.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Y Gamfa Wen nursery and would like to talk to a member of staff about the care provided, please contact 01267 676645.

Note to Editor

1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 or email

2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.

3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.