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Government funded childcare offer

Working parents of 3 and 4 year old children living in Swansea will have access to funded, flexible childcare which will be available during term time, and provide 30 hours of childcare for 9 weeks of the holidays.

The offer will build on children's existing early education entitlement (or sometimes known as Foundation Phase Nursery).

For enquiries about childcare please contact Swansea Family Information Service

What will the offer be?

Welsh Government want the childcare offer to be as clear and easy to access as possible so that parents can continue to choose the providers that best suit their needs.

Parents will receive a combined total of 30 hours of early education and childcare during term time. The current free early education provided by the Foundation Phase will form part of this offer.

For 9 weeks of the year, outside of term time, parents will receive 30 hours per week of childcare.

When will I be able to apply for the offer?

If you live in Swansea you may be able to access the offer from the term after your child's third birthday.

Spring Term 2020

Summer Term 2020

Autumn Term 2020

Spring Term 2021

Summer Term 2021

If your child turns 3 on:

6 January 2020 - 19 April 2020

Apply now.

If you have already applied before the Easter holidays, our team will be in touch to review your application during the month of August. If you have not applied do so now.

Please do not re-apply, as this will slow our processing times considerably.

If your child turns 3 on:

20 April 2020 - 31 August 2020

You will be able to apply from 1 September 2020, please do not apply before as this will slow our processing times considerably. You must allow 28 working days for our team to process your application. If you commence childcare before receiving your funding you will be liable for any childcare fees. We are not able to provide any back dated fees to the 1 September.

If your child turns 3 on:

1 September 2020 - 3 January 2021

Apply 6 weeks before 3 January 2021

If your child turns 3 on:

4 January 2021 - 11 April 2021

Apply 6 weeks before 11 April 2021

If your child turns 3 on:

12 April 2021 - 31 August 2021

Apply 6 weeks before 31 August 2021

If eligible your funding will commence in the Summer term 2020If eligible your funding will commence during the Autumn term, date to be agreed on successful approval of the application form.If eligible your funding will commence in the Spring 2021If eligible your funding will commence in the Summer term 2021If eligible your funding will commence in the Autumn term 2021

 

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When will my child be able to access the offer?

Due to Covid-19 and the re-purposing of the funding, you will find that the start date for your child will not be 1 September if your child turned 3 on 20 April 2020 - 31 August 2020.

Teams across Wales will be working extremely hard to process requests from 1 September.

Please do not contact the team unless your request is urgent as the team is dealing with a high volume of applications.

If your child turned 3 on 6 January 2020 - 19 April 2020:

If you have already applied before the Easter holidays, our team will be in touch to review your application during the month of August. Please do not re-apply, as this will slow our processing times considerably. We aim to confirm your eligibility ready for 1 September.

What if my child turned 3 on and between 6 January 2020 - 19 April 2020 and I didn't apply before 31 March?

You should apply now.

What happens if I applied before Easter for a summer term start?

If you applied for the offer before 31 March 2020, please do not re-apply again, we are working through our applications. One of our team members will contact you during the month of August, to re-confirm your employment status and proof of address in order to take-up the offer from 1 September 2020.

How will a reduction or increase in my income affect my claim for the offer?

If you have fallen out of eligibility, as a result of Covid-19, and your income has fallen below 16 hours at the applicable minimum wage, or gone above £100k gross temporarily, then you can continue to receive the offer until the end of October. This broadly aligns with the closure of the Self-employment Income Support Scheme on 19 October and the furlough scheme which closes at the end of October.

Examples of reasons why you may have fallen out of eligibility temporarily during this period could include:

  • those who have been furloughed but your substantive earnings (what you used to earn before furlough) meets the income eligibility criteria for the offer;
  • those on Statutory Sick Pay;
  • those who are still employed but have taken unpaid leave to care for others, other than a child eligible for the offer;
  • they work fewer hours than they would normally;
  • they are in receipt of payments from the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

You will need to evidence that, as a result of Covid-19, your earnings in January or February 2020 met the income eligibility criteria for the offer, but that you have seen a reduction in income as a result of Covid-19, which could be for one of the reasons set out above.

If you are a newly established self-employed parent who has reached the end of your 12 month exemption during the period March - 31 August and who is unable to meet the income eligibility criteria for Covid-19 related reasons, Swansea Council will aim to re-check your eligibility at the end of October.

Swansea Council will re-check the eligibility of any parent who has fallen out of eligibility at the end of October. They should be granted an 8 week temporary exemption period, starting on 1 November, if your income still does not meet the requirements for the offer or is not expected to meet the requirements from 1 November. This will help ensure continuity for the provider and child and give you the parent an opportunity to regain eligibility through increasing your income or finding alternative employment during the 8 week TEP. Funding will cease at the end of the TEP unless your income meets the relevant criteria.

How will taking up the offer affect my benefits?

Find out more at gov.wales/childcare offerOpens new window

What eligibility criteria will I need to meet?

The childcare offer will be available to working parents. You may be eligible to receive the additional childcare if you live in Swansea, have a child within the age range and earn on average a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) but less than £100,000 per year.


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 https://gov.wales/childcare-parenting.

Alternatively you can contact Welsh Government directly via email: TalkChildcare@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Or write to them at: Childcare Offer Team, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, 2nd Floor North, Cardiff CF10 3NQ.

 

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