The Childcare Offer for Wales

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The Childcare Offer for Wales

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The Childcare Offer for Wales

Carmarthenshire Family Information Service has welcomed the announcement by Welsh Government to deliver the Childcare Offer to the whole of Carmarthenshire from 7th January 2019.  

Welsh Government Announcement

The Welsh Government recognises that childcare is one of the biggest challenges facing working families in Wales.  Supporting families with quality, flexible and affordable childcare supports economic regeneration, can reduce pressures on family income and help parents to participate in work, thus reducing a family’s risk of poverty.  It also supports the wellbeing of children through positive and rich childcare experiences.


Eligible working parents with 3 and 4 year old children 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.


Can I apply?

You are eligible for the childcare offer if you:

  • have a child of the relevant age (from term after their 3rd birthday until they start in full time school)
  • are working and earning at least the equivalent of 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage, up to £100,000 per parent more details here

The Childcare Offer Eligibility Start Period

In Carmarthenshire your Child can access the Childcare Offer for 2 terms as long as you meet eligibility criteria.

A child who turns three between:                     Can access the Childcare Offer from:

1st September – 31st December                         Spring Term (January)

1st January – 31st March                                      Summer Term (April)

1st April – 31st August                                          Autumn Term (September)


Childcare Offer Eligibilty End Period

At the point a parent in Carmarthenshire is offered a full time education place for their child they will no longer be eligible to take up the offer during term time.

Link to School Admissions Policy.

In Carmarthenshire Local Authority children are offered a full time placement from the beginning of the term the child turns 4 years old. Parents will still be able to access the holiday entitlement up until the September after a child turns 4 years old.


Holiday Entitlement

Child A has 4th birthday

between 1st September and 31 December

Full time education place offered from  September No longer eligible for the child care offer from 1st September but entitled to full 9 weeks Child Care Offer holiday provision. Becomes ineligible for the Childcare Offer 31st August.
Child B has 4th birthday

between 1st January and 31 March

Full time education place offered from  January Eligible for full child care offer during Autumn term. Becomes ineligible for Childcare Offer during term time on 1st January, remains eligible for holiday provision pro rata’d. Becomes ineligible for childcare offer 31st August.
Child C has birthday

between 1st April and 31st August

 

 

Full time education place offered from  April Eligible for full child care offer during Autumn term and Spring term. Becomes ineligible for Childcare Offer during term time on 1st April, remains eligible for holiday provision pro rata’d. Becomes ineligible for offer 31st August.

 

Application Process for Eligible Parents/Guardians

Ceredigion County Council is the Delivery Authority on behalf of Carmarthenshire for the Childcare Offer.

Prior to completing your application you must discuss with your chosen CIW Registered Childcare Provider(s) the hours you wish to secure.  All eligible children will be able to access funding from 7th January 2019.  You will not be able to submit your application until your chosen Childcare Provider has registered online and signed and returned their contract with Clic Ceredigion.  Please check with your Childcare Provider prior to starting your application.

Before starting your application you will need the following documents (Evidence required can be scanned documents/photographs in .pdf or .jpg format):

  • Scan/photograph of your Child’s birth certificate.
  • All parents National Insurance Numbers.
  • Scans/photographs Parent’s last three months wage slips. If Self–employed: a copy of your latest self-assessment Tax return (HMRC SA103 form) or if it is a new business (set up within the last 12 months) and you don’t have a self-assessment tax return yet you will need to provide a copy of the letter from HMRC confirming your Unique Tax Reference number (UTRN).
  • 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.

You cannot save your application so please ensure you have the relevant documents prior to starting the application. Please click below to start your application:

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If you have any issues with the registration process please contact Clic Ceredigion on 01545 570881 or e-mail clic@ceredigion.gov.uk


Registration Process for Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) Registered Childcare Providers

You will be required to register with Ceredigion County Council (Delivery Authority on behalf of Carmarthenshire County Council) in order to deliver the Offer to eligible children within Carmarthenshire.

The on-line registration form for Childcare Providers is now open for you to complete.  Please click on the following link to access the site:

ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

Once you have created a Clic account you are ready to enter the ‘Childcare Provider Registration (Carmarthenshire) form.  You will need to complete a ‘Childcare Provider Registration’ form for each service area you deliver e.g. after school club, day nursery, holiday club etc.

Once you have completed the online registration form you will receive a contract which you will need to signed and returned to Clic Ceredigion.

If you have any issues with the registration process please contact Clic Ceredigion on 01545 570881 or e-mail clic@ceredigion.gov.uk


Where can I find out more about the Childcare Offer? For further information please visit the Welsh Government website – The Childcare Offer for Wales

 

 

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Excellent quick response from FIS Carmarthenshire, Thanks a lot :)
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