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Childcare Offer for 3 to 4 year olds


Government-funded Childcare
and Early Education

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Working parents may be entitled to government-funded childcare and Foundation Phase Nursery Provision for up to 48 weeks of the year.  


Eligible children will be able to access the offer from the beginning of the term following their third birthday, up until the September following their fourth birthday, when they begin full-time education.

The term dates are as follows:

​​A child that turns three between: ​Can access the Offer from:
​1st September - 31st December ​Spring Term (January)
​1st January - 31st March ​Summer Term (April)
​1st April - 31st August ​​Autumn Term (September)
Please note, the offer will start from the first day of the school term set by the Local Authority.

Please do not apply for the offer more than 8 weeks before the beginning of the term following your child’s third birthday.  Any applications received before the 8 weeks will be rejected and a new application will have to be submitted.


Parents are eligible for the government-funded childcare if at least one parent resides in one of the pilot areas and:


  • All parents, or co-habiting couples, working and earn the equivalent of 16 hours at National Living Wage or National Minimum Wage, up to £100,000 per parent;  
  • One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring;
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents are temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave;
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents are temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay;
  • One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits;
  • Self-employed parents and parents on zero hours contracts, providing they can meet the minimum earnings criteria over a 3 month period.  Where one or both parents are newly self-employed and have not yet met the minimum hours eligibility criteria, an initial start-up period will be allowed of up to 12 months before the parent needs to evidence that they are earning the equivalent of 16 hours at NMW per week. Parents will need to provide evidence that they are self-employed in order to qualify

 

Please note: the Welsh Government are only piloting the government-funded childcare offer in limited areas within Cardiff.  Making an application does not guarantee a place.

Current eligible wards

​From October 2018, eligible working parents of 3-4 year old children living in the following wards

  • Adamsdown
  • Butetown
  • Caerau
  • Cathays
  • Ely
  • Grangetown
  • Llanrumney
  • Plasnewydd
  • Riverside
  • Splott

The Childcare Offer will be available across all Cardiff wards from January 2019. Parents will be able to make applications from December 1st, 2018.​

 

Details of the Offer

 


Breakdown of Foundation Phase and Childcare Hours in Cardiff

The Childcare Offer fo​r Wales:

Foundation Phase Nursery Education

Childcare

Term time hours per week

12.5 hours per week

17.5 hours per week

 

The Childcare Offer will provide working parents of 3-4 year olds with 30 hours of funded early education and childcare per week, up to 48 weeks of the year. The term time will be treated as 39 weeks, meaning the other 9 weeks of the 48 week offer will be treated as non-term time or ‘holiday provision’. During these 9 weeks holiday provision, eligible children will receive 30 hours of childcare only.


Please see following 9 weeks pro-rota holiday entitlement:

  • A child who is eligible to receive the offer for three terms will be entitled to receive 9 weeks of holiday weeks childcare during school holidays.
  • A child who is eligible to receive the offer for two terms will be entitled to receive 6 weeks of holiday weeks childcare during school holidays.
  • A child who is eligible to receive the offer for one term will of entitled to receive 3 weeks of holiday weeks childcare during school holidays.


Holiday provision will be allocated at the beginning of each term the child is eligible for the offer.   Children will be allocated 3 weeks of holiday provision per term.  Any unused allocation can be carried over and used in the next term, provided they are still eligible to receive the offer.


Children born in autumn or spring terms may be eligible to receive the Offer for more than one year, in such cases a new allocation of holiday provision will be given for the remainder of the time they are eligible to receive the offer at the beginning of the second year.



Please note, once a child begins fulltime education following their fourth birthday (September after their 4th birthday) they are no longer entitled to the childcare offer.


This offer applies to 30 hours of government-funded childcare that includes Foundation Phase Nursery Provision for three and four year olds of working parents for up to 48 weeks of the year. 


Eligible children will be able to access the offer from the beginning of the term following their third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday. 

You will be required to re-confirm you remain eligible for the Childcare Offer on a termly basis. For the majority of families this will only require responding to an e-mail, but for a randomly selected proportion of families will be required to re-submit evidence of income, etc. 

Please note that failing to respond to the e-mail and/or submit evidence will result in you being viewed as no longer eligible and the funding for your childcare will be stopped.

Before completing the registration form, please check with your childcare provider to ensure that they have registered to become an approved provider of the Childcare Offer.

As this registration form cannot be saved please ensure you have the following information before you start:

  • Scan/photograph of your Child's birth certificate.
  • Scans/photographs Parent's last three months wage slips.
  • Scan/photograph of a proof of residency, (e.g. most recent Council Tax Statement, bank statement, utility bill, insurance document(s))
  • Agreed childcare providers hours and days
  • Employers contact details, including: Address, telephone number and email.
  • Scan/photograph of any Department for Work and Pensions letter or current employers letter that would qualify parents for the Childcare Offer if not currently in work.

Check your eligibility and apply online

 Please allow 15 working days for the application to process. This may be extended should further evidence be requested.​

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