The Childcare Offer


Childcare Offer for Wales to re-open

The Childcare Offer which provided eligible parents with up to 30 hours of Government funded early education and childcare for their 3 & 4 year olds was suspended in April.  This was to allow resources to be refocused, to support the childcare needs of critical workers and vulnerable children through the Coronavirus Childcare Assistance Scheme (C-CAS).

As lockdown restrictions start to ease and with schools set to return from September, the Offer will reopen for applications enabling eligible families to start accessing the funded childcare.

The application process for parents/carers during August and September

Parents who would have been eligible for the Offer in the summer term (children who turned 3 between January 1st and March 31st, 2020), but who missed out on a full term because they had not started taking up the Offer before the pandemic, will be able to take up the Offer from the start of the autumn term in Carmarthenshire, if still eligible. Applications for these children will be open on Monday August 10th.

  • If families had already been accepted for the offer previously, the Ceredigion Childcare Team are in the process of contacting parents for their updated information.  Parents do not need to complete the whole application again.
  • Parents who had not applied previously will need to complete a full application.

Parents whose child becomes eligible for the Offer in Carmarthenshire from the autumn term (children who turn/turned 3 between April 1st and August 31st, 2020), will be able to apply from Monday 21st September and can take up a funded place once Ceredigion Childcare team has processed their application following eligibilty checks.

Parents of autumn term children will not be able to apply before the 21st September.


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Applications will take up to 28 days to process due to the expected volume of applications.  Funding will begin from the day the application is approved.  Parents are encouraged to submit an application with ALL the correct evidence. This will speed up the process.

Important information for parents prior to applying:

Parents/Carers must have the following information available in the format of a photo or electronically ready to upload as part of their application.

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Proof of address (Council Tax Bill or Utility bill dated within the last 3 months)
  • Payslips – 3 most recent monthly payslips for each parent or if paid weekly each week for the last 3 months.
  • If self-employed your most recent Self-Assessment Tax Return.
  • If parents are in new employment and do not have a payslip. They must have a copy of their contract or a letter from the employer confirming the income and hours worked.

Anybody having trouble uploading evidence as part of the application should e-mail the evidence to immediately after completing the application

Parents who do not attach evidence as part of their application will delay the approval process. Priority will be given to fully completed applications.

Responding to queries such as “when will my application be processed?” will only delay the Ceredigion Childcare team from dealing with actual applications. We kindly ask you to not to contact the team within the 28 day period. We fully appreciate your patience with this.

Please note:  If parents choose to use childcare before their application is approved, they are responsible for paying the costs of the childcare.  No childcare funding can be back-dated to account for the period before an application is approved.

Guidance for parents on reopening of applications for The Childcare Offer for Wales: coronavirus

The online application form if your child was born between 1st January 2017 and 31st August 2017 is available below –


(Please note the application form does time out. Please complete it in one go, it is not possible to save it and come back to it at a later point)

List of Non-Maintained settings Summer 2020



The Childcare Offer - A Parents View

The Childcare Offer - A Parent's View

The childcare Offer - A Parents View

The Childcare Offer - A Parents View

The Childcare Offer - A Parents View

The Childcare Offer - A Parents View

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Thank you very much for your help. You have responded to my requests so quickly and with such friendliness and it is really appreciated. I hope the Council know what a credit you are to them.
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