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Llandudno Junction nursery key in supporting Welsh language, says First Minister

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

The Derwen Deg Welsh nursery in Llandudno Junction will be an important asset for the North Wales coast area, First Minister Carwyn Jones has said.
Friday 05 February 2016

The First Minister officially opened the facility, which provides a Welsh medium nursery for families along the coast from Llanfairfechan to Kinmel Bay.  

The project was driven forward in partnership between a local parent and Menter Iaith Conwy, and received the majority of its funding through Cyfenter and the National Lottery’s Coastal Communities Fund.  

The First Minister said:

“I am pleased that Menter Iaith Conwy were proactive in assisting the community in establishing a Welsh medium nursery along the coastal area of Conwy.  

“Encouraging the use of Welsh within families is an important part of maintaining and increasing the use of the language, and Welsh medium nursery provision is key for this.  It’s been good to see how this new facility has been supported by local people, confirming that there was a need for it.

“It’s been a pleasure to visit the nursery.  It will play a key role in supporting Welsh medium education in the area by giving children the opportunity to learn in the language from the very start.”

Gwyn Roberts, Chair of the Meithrinfa Derwen Deg board said:

“We are grateful to the First Minister for his encouragement. We are glad that our parents recognise that we are providing a valuable service in an area where there has been a lack of Welsh-medium provision for many years.

“Our community-based company, supported by Menter Iaith Conwy, have created new employment opportunities for Welsh speakers. We support local businesses, and have established a good working relationship with Coleg Llandrillo Menai.

“We were able to establish the nursery with the support of many inspirational people who have helped reach this point.”

 

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