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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.

Autumn Term 2020

Spring Term 2021

Summer Term 2021

Autumn Term 2021

Spring Term 2022

If your child turns 3 on:

1 September 2020 - 3 January 2021

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Eligible funding commences 4 January 2021.

If your child turns 3 on:

4 January 2021 - 11 April 2021

You can apply up to 6 weeks before the 11 April.

Eligible funding commences 12 April 2021.

If your child turns 3 on:

12 April 2021 - 31 August 2021

You can apply up to 6 weeks before the 31 August 2021.

Eligible funding commences 2 September 2021.

If your child turns 3 on:

1 September 2021 - 3 January 2022

You can apply up to 6 weeks before the 3 January 2022.

If your child turns 3 on:

4 January 2022 - 24 April 2022

You can apply up to 6 weeks before the 24 April 2022.


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How will taking up the offer affect my benefits?

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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

Alternatively you can contact Welsh Government directly via email:

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


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Swansea Council is working with the Welsh Government to deliver the 30 hour funded childcare offer for Swansea.

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