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Government funded 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. The childcare offer is currently operational in the electoral wards of, Dunvant, Penclawdd, West Cross, Morriston, Llangyfelach, Gorseinon, Pontarddulais, Llansamlet, Gowerton and Penllegaer

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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.

Swansea Council anticipates being in a position to fully roll out the childcare offer across Swansea between September 2018 and January 2019.

Preliminary details of the proposed phased roll out areas are as follows:

Applications opened August 2018

It is anticipated that applications will open November 2018

It is anticipated that applications will open January 2019

Killay NorthCastleBishopston
Killay SouthSt ThomasMayals
Mawr Pennard
Sketty Newton

Welsh Government: Written Statement - Continued expansion of Government Funded Childcare Offer from September 2018

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


Childcare offer - how Welsh Government uses your data

If you take advantage of the childcare offer, we'll share some data with Welsh Government as we're running it for them. This tells you how they will use your data.

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