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Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant announced on Tuesday 8 November 2016 that Swansea was among six local authorities chosen to work with the Welsh Government to pilot the new childcare offer.

Working families of 3 and 4 year old children will have access to free, flexible childcare which will be available during school holidays. It will compliment foundation phase schooling which all 3 and 4 year olds already have access to. The pilot authorities also include Gwynedd, Anglesey, Flintshire, Blaenau Gwent and Rhondda Cynon Taf. Other early adopter areas will be added as the work to pilot the scheme continues.

We are delighted that Swansea has been selected, as the pilot means that we will be developing the scheme at an early stage and benefiting from learning the lessons which we will also be sharing with Welsh Government and other local authorities.

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The council will be working with its partners to identify appropriate electoral wards in which to run the pilot project. We will also be working with a number of partners including engaging with and involving parents in the development of the scheme. Further details about the pilot including the designated electoral wards and timescales will be announced in the coming months following further discussion with Welsh Government.

For enquiries about childcare please contact the Swansea Family Information Service.

The Welsh Government is also keen to hear from parents and providers to inform the childcare offer, you can share your experiences of childcare with Welsh Government to help develop the offer. Parents and providers can visit the Welsh Government talk childcare webpage.

Alternatively you can contact Welsh Government directly via email:

Or write to them at:

Childcare Offer Team
Welsh Government
Cathays Park
2nd Floor North
CF10 3NQ


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