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Childcare Offer for Wales payments will continue even if children do not attend due to coronavirus isolation.

The Welsh Government is today [18 March] announcing funding for the Childcare Offer for Wales will continue to be paid to local authorities and childcare settings who currently receive payments for children in their care, even where services are disrupted. 

Please refer to the following link: Childcare offer payments will continue

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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 6 weeks before 19 April 2020

If your child turns 3 on:

20 April 2020 - 31 August 2020

Apply 6 weeks before 31 August 2020

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 in the Autumn 2020If 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

 

When will my child be able to access the offer?

Eligible children will be able to access the offer from the term after their third birthday up until they are offered a full time education place, usually the September after their fourth birthday. In Swansea all children can start full time school early, at the beginning of the school year in which they become five.

How will taking up the offer effect my benefits?

Find out more at gov.wales/childcareoffer

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 Welsh Government talk childcare webpage.

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.

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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