Welcome to the Fern Partnership

A Multi Award winning organisation and charity founded in 2008 by current Director of Business Michelle Coburn-Hughes as The Friends of Ferndale. The aims of the organisation is to enhance provision for pupils and offer services and support for the local community.

Due to rapid expansion and development in recent years the organisation is expanding to offer service to wider communities in RCT and beyond. In 2016 the organisation developed and became a company limited by guarantee with charitable status operating as ‘The Fern Partnership’.

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📣Join us TODAY📣

🌼 Pop in for a look around
🍃 @ Ferndale Hwb, North Road. CF43 4PS
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🍃Join us tomorrow between 11am-6pm🍃

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🪴Community Green Space - Consultation Day🪴

🌼We would love to hear from the local community

🪵Pop in for a look around or join us for one of our activities throughout the day
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🪴Community Green Space - Consultation Day🪴

🌼We would love to hear from the local community 

🪵Pop in for a look around or join us for one of our activities throughout the dayImage attachment💥 Have you considered an Apprenticeship in childcare? We have 3 positions that are available to apply for! 💥

⭐ 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 – 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘀 (𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲) 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁
⭐ 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 – 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 (𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲) 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁
⭐ 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 – 𝗠𝗶𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 (𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲) 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁

Become an RCT Apprentice and receive:

• A monthly salary while you learn
• 26 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays
• Participation in our staff benefits, including discounted Leisure for Life membership, Union membership benefits, discount with Vodafone plus a staff benefits card with lots of savings in retail, entertainment and eating out
• Access to our pension scheme
• In-house training
• Financial Wellbeing support
• Occupational Health & Wellbeing support

📌 Apply here:
To apply for these roles, follow the link and type ‘apprentice’ or the job title into the search bar!

📆 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟮 𝗠𝗮𝘆!

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗲𝗿.

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Little Ferns

Little Ferns offer affordable and flexible high quality preschool provisions catering for children aged 2-5 years, and registered with CSSIW. Little Ferns operate a mixed economy provision providing childcare services for Flying Start eligible families and private paying families.

All children are cared for by highly qualified and experienced early years staff and provided experiences that will enhance their development and learning in preparation for school and long term life.

Little Ferns value the learning opportunities available in the natural outdoor environment, therefore children will experience indoor and outdoor play experiences daily.

Community Development

The Fern Partnership offer many community services in line with community need predominantly within the Upper Rhondda Fach

Following the closure of Maerdy Library in 2014, The Fern Partnership successfully completed an asset transfer and re-opened as ‘Community Hub Maerdy’ in 2015. This facility provides a range of opportunities for community members to socialise and up skill such as:

  • Computer Club
  • After School Club
  • Adult Craft Class
  • Welsh Coffee Mornings
  • I.T. Suite
  • Training opportunities
  • Dementia Café, once a month in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society

Hwb – Upper Rhondda Fach

Brand new Community Hwb working in true partnership with RCT CBC. The Fern Partnership completed an asset transfer of the former Infant School and since developed the facility to offer a wide range of services locally including:

  • Full Day Nursery
  • Library
  • Employment Support
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Sensory Room

The Fern Partnership work in collaboration with Communities first delivering

  • Work Clubs
  • 1:1 employment support
  • Accredited and non-accredited learning
  • Welsh in the community taster sessions

The Fern Partnership are also in the process of developing a new project ‘Generations Together’ focusing on integrating generations to reduce ageist attitudes, reduce isolation, increase value & respect and share knowledge experiences and skills to support others – updates will be available shortly.


Following the closure of Ferndale Infant School in the summer of 2016 and much speculation within the community regarding the plans for the proposed building we are extremely excited and honoured our proposal was selected by RCT CBC and The Fern Partnership will be lead tenant within the facility.

We plan to develop an innovative Hwb at the heart of the community, which will deliver a collaboration of services as well as signposting to wider activities and support for the long term benefit and wellbeing of the community, including creating additional and sustainable employment in the valley.

The proposal has been developed in response to the identified needs of the community and will address gaps in current services as well as enhance the community offer. This co-productive approach with the community will continue ensuring that they are involved in the development of future support.

The Hwb forms part of a wider Neighbourhood Network of support.

The project was funded by European Regional Development Fund & Welsh Government.

Contact us


Little Ferns Day Nursery Ferndale – Open 8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday)
Hwb, North Road, Ferndale, CF43 4PS
Tel: 01443 570021

Little Ferns Maerdy – (open 9:05 am – 2:40 pm Monday – Friday)
on site of Ferndale Community School, Rear of Excelsior Terrace, Maerdy, CF43 4AR
Tel: 01443 735984

Little Ferns Cwmparc – (open 8:45 am – 12:15 pm Monday – Friday) Hour dinner for children
on site of Parc Primary School, Tallis Street, Treorchy, Cwmparc, CF42 6LY
Tel: 07486 468112 (01443 776601)


Little Ferns Glenboi – (open 9 am – 11:30 am Monday – Friday)
On site of Glenboi Primary School
Tel: 01443 473772

Little Ferns Cwmbach – Open 9:15 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Friday)
Church In Wales Primary School, Tirfounder Road, Cwmbach, CF440BE

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