Please be aware that the First Minister of Wales has announced a short fire break from this Friday to 9 November.
Attached are links to the Welsh Government press release and FAQ, which include how this affects Childcare, Schools, FE Colleges and our Universities.
We support your setting by providing a termly training programme offering mandatory training courses as required by CIW which are open to all childcare and play providers within Carmarthenshire. For further information please contact Ruth Davies Training Officer firstname.lastname@example.org 01267 246560
The Approval of Home Childcare Providers (Wales) Scheme 2021 for consultation
The closing date for responses is 4 December 2020.
If you have any questions please contact us at TalkChildcare@gov.wales
As announced on the 11th September the new NHS Test and Trace app is being launched on the 24th September in conjunction with the UK Government. Please see links to the press release and supporting information.
Press release – https://gov.wales/businesses-urged-prepare-nhs-covid-19-app
Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue – https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster
Welsh Government guidance – https://gov.wales/nhs-covid-19-app-contact-tracing
NHS COVID-19 app: guidance for businesses and organisations – https://gov.wales/nhs-covid-19-app-guidance-businesses-and-organisations
Childcare Provider Grant
The Welsh Government is launching a £4million funding pot for childcare providers affected by coronavirus. The scheme known as the Childcare Providers Grant will provide dedicated support for the childcare sector. Childcare providers have faced considerable challenges since March. To help control the spread of the virus it was necessary to keep the numbers of children in attendance low and this came at a cost as providers still had overheads to pay, such as rent, utilities and unmet wage costs.
The Childcare Provider Grant will support CIW-registered childcare businesses with immediate cash flow to help support them with the economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. The grant seeks to help those childcare businesses which have not been able to access other schemes and complements other Covid-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations. This will provide a much-needed financial lifeline to childcare providers and help ensure that formal childcare places are available to parents as schools re-open in September. This is an important part of ensuring there is sufficient capacity in the sector which is key to supporting working families and instrumental to our recovery. This scheme will help ensure more providers re-open as the schools re-open in September.
The scheme will be a one-off grant to help providers meet the additional financial burdens they have faced, with many settings experiencing a reduction in income whilst continuing to meet costs. The scheme also aims to help make the childcare sector more resilient for the future by requiring unincorporated settings to register as a company limited by guarantee, a private limited company, a Community Interest Company or a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Applications for the scheme will open on 24 August on a first come first served basis and will close on 31 October 2020. The first payments will be made to providers in September via their local authority. Registered childcare providers may be eligible for a grant up to £5,000. The grant is awarded based on the reduction of net income for the period 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 compared to 1 April to 30 June 2019.
Childcare plays a fundamental role and this grant will support the sector as the economy reopens. We are aware of the challenges the childcare sector has faced and want to thank all childcare providers for their professionalism during these difficult times.
Link to the online application is below:
Guidance on testing and contact tracing in childcare settings
Welsh Government have developed a summary leaflet for childcare settings on the Test Trace Protect process. It provides the answers to some key questions on the process.
The leaflet can be found here: www.gov.wales/guidance-testing-and-contact-tracing-childcare-settings
Protective Measures for Childcare settings
Childcare Provider Grant
Childcare Offer Guidance
Free Welsh Translation Service for Providers
Due to COVID-19 it is important to consider how a different approach will be implemented in many areas of your practice and to ensure that you clearly convey this approach to parents and children. This guidance is to help you prepare an agreement with parents that will help to outline and summarise the key changes to what they can expect of you, as well as what you expect of them. There is also a template for you to use. For non-members a generic Childminding Community Agreement template for England and Wales can be found in our Re-opening Toolkit
All childcare and play settings in Wales are advised to note the updated guidance (link below) about Covid-19 to reflect current developments.
Although the guidance is mainly directed at schools and education settings, the same applies to all childcare and play settings. All such settings are asked to take note of this guidance and to regularly check the Public Health Wales Website where any future updates will be published directly. From this website you can also access advice issued by the UK Government:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for our registered care providers
An update from Carer Inspectorate Wales –
CIW have today shared an update on how they are responding to the outbreak of COVID-19, as well as how they plan to approach any future decisions as the situation develops. The full letter can be accessed below.
The latest information on COVID-19 is available on the Public Health Wales website.
Advice from Business Wales regarding the Coronavirus
Coronavirus and Childcare Provision – Welsh Government Guidance
- Coronavirus: childcare for under five year olds providers guidance
- Support for childcare providers: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Please see link below for Business Grant –
Other useful Resources –
Rent relief scheme for small county businesses – http://newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/2020/04/coronavirus/rent-relief-scheme-for-small-county-businesses/#.XpqzSeSovIU
New Testing Centres in Carmarthenshire –
Welsh Government’s Resilience Fund is due to launch:
Childminders – look after up to 10 children from 0 to 12 years old in their own home. They must be registered, inspected and regulated by CIW (Care Inspectorate Wales). They are based in the community, which means children can go to playgroups/cylchoedd meithrin and parent and toddler groups. We provide training and support you from registration and throughout your childminding career. For further information please contact Avril Rees, Childminder Development and Training Officer on 01267 246554.
This Grant is open to prospective and registered childminders only – applications live today.
Day Nurseries – provides registered early education and childcare for young children from 0 to 12 years old. They usually open from early morning to early evening and offer a caring, safe, stimulating environment either as full day care or part-time care and some will offer care before and after school and in the holidays for older children too. Thinking of setting up a nursery? We can support you with information, guidance during the registration process and continued support thereafter. For further information please contact Susan James Childcare Business Development Officer on 01267 246552.
After School Clubs/Holiday Clubs – Provides a care service for school children at the end of a school day. After School Clubs can be both registered and unregistered dependent on service hours offered. Holiday clubs registered with CIW are also a valuable service for children during school holidays. Thinking of setting up a Club? We can support you with information, guidance during the registration process and continued support thereafter. For further information please contact Terena Davies-Tommason Childcare Business Development Officer on 01267 246785.
Free Breakfast Clubs are run by the Local Authority at some schools within the County. There are also some Breakfast Clubs which incur a fee. Please contact your child’s school for further information.
Cylch Meithrin/Playgroups – a place where children between 2 and 4 years old can attend for a morning or afternoon session mainly during term time. Offering a safe and stimulating environment where children play, learn and socialise. For further information please contact Mudiad Meithrin or Early Years Wales.
Grants and Support
We are also able to offer Start up Grants, Resource Grants for Additional Needs and Sustainability Grants to help build and maintain your service. For further information please contact Susan James, Business Development Officer 01267 246552.
Childcare Offer Grants
For further information on the Childcare Offer Small Grant Scheme and SEN Grant please click here
Business Wales Childcare Grant
Business Wales are offering childcare providers in Wales the opportunity to apply for a Childcare Grant. The purpose of the grant is to encourage the creation of new childcare places and new places for children with additional or special needs in Wales to support the Welsh Government’s 30 Hour Childcare Offer.
How it works
Only childcare providers based and registered in Wales are eligible to apply.
For those who are developing their business and have not yet started trading, they can still apply for a Grant but the monies will not be paid until they are registered with CIW.
The Grant will only be paid where there is a recognised need for additional childcare places in the locality of the provision. This will be confirmed via the appropriate Local Authority. Where funding is limited, priority will be given to childcare providers within the current Childcare 30 Hour Offer of funded childcare to three and four-year olds in Early Implementer Local Authority (EILA) areas. Payment of Grants is subject to ongoing funding availability.
For more information:
To find out more and to get an application form, please call the Business Wales Helpline on 03000 6 03000 or speak with your local Business Wales team @ Carmarthen 01267 233749.
Learning with Autism for Early Years Settings
You will see below links to various resources developed for our ‘Early Years Setting’ Programme.
As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting businesses in the county, Carmarthenshire County Council Economic Development section are pleased to be able to offer a number of funding support schemes to businesses of all scales and at all stages in their development.
Funding of up to 50% is available towards equipment, machinery and small and large scale works to the business property where jobs are being created and the capacity increased.