CALLING ALL REGISTERED CHILDCARE PROVIDERS….
We need your help…..
We are aware that many childcare providers have closed over the last three weeks as a result of the spread of COVID 19.
We need to ensure that there is sufficient childcare available locally, particularly for 0-2’s, for key workers who are delivering critical services. It is uncertain at present what demand there will be for childcare from Key workers but we anticipate that there will be an increasing demand over the next few weeks as more patients are diagnosed and treated.
We are therefore urgently calling for all registered childcare providers to consider remaining open, all be it on a reduced capacity basis, with small numbers of children, over the next few weeks so that we can help ensure that critical services continue to run. We are currently exploring how we could do this. If you would be interested in working with us to achieve this please contact our FIS via email and express an interest. ChildrenInfo@Carmarthenshire.gov.uk
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 imminently:
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 01267 246560
Due to the Coronavirus we have taken the decision to postpone our Training Programme for the Summer Term. Apologies and thank you for your cooperation in what are extraordinary circumstances.
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.