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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. It will also provide 30 hours of childcare for 9 out of the 13 weeks school 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 Family Information Service (FIS).

What the offer will 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?

We advise that applications be submitted approximately 6 weeks before the start of the term following a child's third birthday. Please see below start dates for the 3 terms.

When to apply
School year September 2021 - August 2022
Autumn termSpring termSummer term
If your child turns 3 between 12 April 2021 - 1 September 2021 they become eligible from 2 September 2021If your child turns 3 between 2 September 2021 - 3 January 2022 they become eligible from 4 January 2022If your child turns 3 between 4 January 2022 - 24 April 2022 they become eligible from 25 April 2022
School year September 2022 - August 2023
Autumn termSpring termSummer term
If your child turns 3 between 25 April 2022 - 4 September 2022 they become eligible from 5 September 2022If your child turns 3 between 5 September 2022 - 8 January 2023 they become eligible from 9 January 2023If your child turns 3 between 9 January 2023 - 16 April 2023 they become eligible from 17 April 2023

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How will taking up the offer affect my benefits?

You can find out more at: offer.

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 following website: parenting.

Alternatively, you can contact Welsh Government directly via email at 

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

Continued eligibility declaration

As part of our ongoing checking process, parents will be asked to complete a declaration form each term. This will re-affirm their continued eligibility going forward into the next term.

Family Information Service (FIS)

The Family Information Service (FIS) is a free impartial information and advice service for ALL parents / carers of children and young people aged between 0-20 and the professionals who work with them.