Free Early Years Education

Do you have a child over the age of 3 years that is not attending School on a part time basis?

All children in Wales are entitled to free, part time, quality Early Years Foundation Phase education provision in an approved early years setting from the beginning of the term after their third birthday and prior to gaining full time entry into school.

Carmarthenshire County Council agrees to provide the funding received from Welsh Government to offer all eligible children a minimum of 10 hours free early years learning in an approved setting.

If your child has not been offered a part time place in School then it’s possible to offer a free place in an approved non maintained setting, which could be a playgroup or day nursery.

In an approved non-maintained setting, funding is for either 2 hours a day over 5 days a week or 2½ hours a day over 4 days a week. It is available for the two terms following your child’s third birthday. Following this you must apply for full time place in School the term of their fourth birthday.

Please refer to the link here for further information and to apply for a school place.

Below is a list of approved non maintained settings that deliver free early years learning in your area:

List of Non Maintained Settings

Cylch Meithrin Alltcafan

Cylch Meithrin Bancyfelin

Cylch Meithrin Bancffosfelen

Cylch Meithrin Bronwydd

Brambly Hill

Cylch Meithrin Carwe

Cylch Meithrin Cefneithin Gorslas

Cylch Meithrin Carreg Hirfaen

Cylch Meithrin Cwrt Henri

Cylch Meithrin Drefach Felindre

Cylch Meithrin Felinfoel

Cylch Meithrin Ffairfach

Cylch Meithrin Ffynnonwen

Old Road Nursery / Meithrin Hen Heol

Cylch Meithrin Hendy

Cylch Meithrin Llanddarog

Cylch Meithrin Llangadog

Cylch Meithrin Llangyndeyrn

Cylch Meithrin Llanybydder

Cylch Meithrin Tre Ficer

Cylch Meithrin Parcyrhun

Cylch Meithrin Penygroes

Cylch Meithrin Ponthenri

Cylch Meithrin Pontyberem

Cylch Meithrin Saron Capel Hendre

Cae’r Ffair Nursery

Y Cam Cynta Nursery

Camau Tirion Nursery

Myrtle House Nursery

Cylch Meithrin Llanllwni


Eligibility Criteria for Early Years Education Funding

– During the funded period, the child must be in their first or second term following their 3rd birthday.

– The child will be attending an approved setting for at least 4 hours a week.

– Education for 3-year-olds is not available at the school you have applied to for full time education.

– The child is not receiving education at another setting.

How do I apply for Early Years Education Funding?

  1. Confirm with your chosen setting that they have a place available for your child.
  2. Click here to complete the Application for Early Years Education funding.
  3. Following receipt of your application, you will be asked to provide confirmation of your child’s date of birth and address in order to confirm eligibility.

The closing date for applications is 10 working days before the start of the relevant academic term.  Late applications will be considered in exceptional circumstances.


The Childcare Offer for Wales

In addition to 10 hours per week of Early Years Education funding, you may also be eligible for 20 hours per week of funded childcare.  To find out more, click here

For queries about Early Years Education Funding, please contact the Early Years Team by email:


A list of Support Lines and Self Care Apps for Key Stage 3 and 4 Pupils (11-18 Year old)

Please click on the image below –

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A list of Support Lines and Self Care Apps for Primary ages pupils

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Home Learning Ideas

3 year old education in Carmarthenshire settings.  Activities to carry out with your children at home.

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Pupil Development Grant

Help with costs for school uniform, equipment and sports kit  in Carmarthenshire call 01267 246589

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Grants available to help families on low incomes buy school uniform and equipment

Looked after children and learners receiving free school meals can get a Welsh Government grant if they are:

  • entering reception class in primary school
  • at the start of any of the Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 (primary and secondary)
  • aged 4, 7, 11  or 14 in special schools, special needs resource bases or pupil referral units

Primary and Secondary school children are entitled to £125 for each application.
Children entering Year 7 can now apply for £200 to help with the additional costs of starting secondary school.

The fund will cover school uniform and sports kit, equipment for out of school hours trips, including outdoor learning, and equipment for activities within the curriculum, such as design and technology.

How to apply
Contact your local authority:


Welsh homework Support – click on the image below

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Schools Admissions/ Changing Schools (Carmarthenshire)

To apply for:

  • a nursery place for 3 year olds
  • a primary school place
  • moving to a secondary school
  • changing school

please click on the link below:

Carmarthenshire Schools Admissions

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Home Schooling – Elective Home Education (EHE)

If you’re considering educating your child at home, you will need to provide a suitable education.

Please click here for further information

Supporting Service Children in Education in Wales

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For information on the Supporting Service Children in Education Cymru project contact:

Millie Taylor

All Wales Project Officer for Service Children in Education

02920 468 616

or visit –


Education Welfare Service

The Education Welfare Service works with schools to ensure the regular school attendance of all pupils.  It works with schools to identify pupils with low attendance and ensures appropriate plans are in place.  EWS offers early intervention and support, utilising a Team Around the Family (TAF) approach when needed.  Where attendance does not improve EWS will consider referring the matter to the court. EWS also helps prevent children becoming missing from education.

EWS also issue licences for children in entertainment and employment and child chaperones.

Contact No:  01554 742369

Where do I apply for Free School Meals?

Applications must be made to the local authority where the school is situated. For children attending a school in Carmarthenshire, all applications must be made to the following department:

Free School Meals Section
Business Support Unit
Parc Dewi Sant
Jobswell Road

To apply for Free School Meals you can:

Education Begins at Home

Helping children be ‘ready to learn’ when they start school:

Better with Books

Are you sad? worried? angry? Are you being bullied? Do you feel jealous? Reading the right books can help you to understand the way that you feel. Talk to your doctor/school nurse about the Better with Books (Wales) scheme, for a list of books about mental health and well being visit
pdf document Better with Books (Wales)

Thanks for this information. Brilliant service from FIS Carmarthenshire! Da iawn’
Posted by Parent , from Llanelli
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