Childcare Provider Information
What is the Childcare Offer?
The childcare offer will provide working parents with 30 hours of early education and childcare for three and four-year-olds, for up to 48 weeks per year. The offer will build on children’s existing Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) education entitlement during term time, and provide 30 hours of childcare for nine weeks of the holidays.
What does it mean for me as a provider?
Providing you are registered with CIW you could receive funding for eligible children accessing the offer in your setting. You will need to register with the Local Authority as a supplier for the childcare offer.
Parents can choose to use any childcare provider within Carmarthenshire provided that they have chosen to be a supplier for the offer on behalf of the local authority. Parents can choose to use providers from outside of the county. However, you will need to ensure that you register as a supplier.
Do I need to deliver the Foundation Phase to deliver the childcare element of the offer?
No. Some children will continue to access FPN education in maintained settings. Childcare providers do not need to deliver both the FPN education and childcare elements of the offer.
Do I need to be able to deliver the offer for 48 weeks per year to take part?
No. Parents can access the offer through different providers that best suit their circumstances. Providers who only offer term-time provision, or provision only in the school holidays, can still deliver the offer, depending on the needs of the parents.
How much will I get paid?
All providers will receive a rate of £4.50 per hour for children receiving the childcare element of the offer.
Can I charge parents a top-up rate?
No. You cannot charge hourly top-up rates if you’d normally charge more than £4.50 per hour.
Can I charge for food and additional activities?
Yes. If necessary, you can charge parents for additional elements such as food, transport and off-site activities which incur a cost. The Welsh Government guidelines state that parents should not be charged more than £7.50 per day (approximately 10 hours). This would include three meals at £2 per meal and 2 snacks at a charge of 75p per snack. For a half-day session (approximately 5.5 hours) parents should not be charged more than £4.75 (two meals at £2 per meal plus a snack at a charge of 75p per snack). For sessional care where a meal is not provided but children receive a snack, guidelines are that parents should not be charged more than 75p per day for snack provision.
How will I get paid?
You will be paid on a monthly basis halfway through the month. In order to ensure that you are paid on a monthly basis you MUST submit your payment claims within the first four working days of the month. Failure to complete the claims on time will mean you will not get paid!
How do I take part?
In order to deliver the offer, you will need to complete the registration form click here to access the link. If you have any difficulties completing the form email email@example.com
Questions & Answers for providers
Please contact the Family Information Service if you a have not completed your JLS or decline public funds
Childcare Provider Information
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.
Guidance for childcare providers on reopening of applications for The Childcare Offer for Wales: coronavirus
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Childcare Offer Capital Grant Funding/Small Grant Scheme
Important Information in Relation to Capital Grant Funding – Please read carefully before starting to write your application form.
If you require a hard copy of the guidance and application form please contact the Family information Service on 01267 246555 or e-mail ChildrenInfo@Carmarthenshire.gov.uk