Childcare Providers

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 £5.00 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 £5.00 per hour.

Can I charge for food and additional activities?

Yes.  If necessary, you can charge parents for additional elements, such as:

  • Food
  • Transport
  • Off-site activities which incur a cost

The Welsh Government calculates food charges as follows:

  • Meal: £2.50
  • Snack: 75p

According to Welsh Government Guidelines, parents should not be charged more than:

  • £9.00 per full day (approximately 10 hours) To include 3 meals and 2 snacks
  • £5.75 per half-day session (approximately 5.5 hours) To include 2 meals and 1 snack
  • 75p per session where there is a snack but no meal

How will I get paid?

You will receive the payment in arrears for the previous month.  In order to ensure this:

  • Payment claims MUST be submitted 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

Questions & Answers for providers

Welsh Government – Q&As 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.

FAQ’s 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


Delivering the Childcare Offer

Delivering the Childcare Offer

Delivering the Childcare Offer

Delivering the Childcare Offer

Delivering the Childcare Offer

Delivering the Childcare Offer

Excellent quick response from FIS Carmarthenshire, Thanks a lot :)
Posted by Parent, from Carmarthen
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