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Childcare Offer for Wales


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Information on eligibility and how to apply for the Childcare offer for Wales.

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childcarelogo2018Applications are open for eligible children with a date of birth between 01/09/2018 - 31/08/2019.

Applications for children born between 01/09/2019 and 31/12/2019 are now open. Please apply via the new National Digital system using the link below.


If your child’s date of Birth is between 01/09/2018 and 31/08/2019 please contact Conwy Family Information Service on 01492 577850 or by email at plant.children@conwy.gov.uk

Please see below for more information about the offer. If you meet the eligibility criteria can apply now.

 

What is the offer?

  • Eligible children could be entitled to up to 20 free hours of government funded childcare during term time in addition to the 10 hours already provided by the Foundation Phase every week.
  • During up to 9 weeks of school holidays, parents will be able to access up to 30 hours of funded childcare. 
  • Parents are able to choose any registered childcare setting that suits their personal and family circumstance, whether inside or outside of county, in agreement with the provider and the local authority. The childcare does not have to be delivered by the same provider as the Foundation Phase provision.  
  • The Offer starts from the term following the child’s third birthday and continues until the September following their fourth birthday when they begin full time education.


Who is eligible?

To be eligible for free child care you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Your child is aged 3 or 4 years and is able to access part time Foundation Phase Education
  • All parents, or co-habiting couples, in the household work the equivalent of at least 16 hours at national living wage or national minimum wage.(Parents will not to be eligible if they earn more than £100,000 per annum- this is a per parent limit)
  • One parent is employed / in education or training and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring;
  • Both parents are employed / in education or training but one or both parents are temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave;
  • Both parents are employed / in education or training but one or both parents are temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay;
  • One parent is employed / in education or training and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits (please see  below);
  • Parents in education and training who are enrolled on a Higher Education (HE) undergraduate or postgraduate courses or those enrolled on a course at a Further Educations (FE) institution.  In both cases the course has to be at least 10 weeks in length and can also be a course delivered by distance learning;
  • Foster parents and parents on adoption leave as long as they meet the parental eligibility criteria and providing the childcare is in line with their foster child’s Care Plan / Adoption Support Plan.

Eligible benefits second parent may be in receipt of (parent 1 will need to be working equivalent of 16 hours per week):

  • Incapacity benefit;
  • Carers allowance;
  • Severe disablement allowance;
  • Long term incapacity benefit;
  • Employment and support allowance; or National insurance credits on the grounds of incapacity for work or limited capability for work.

The table below shows income based on minimum wage working 16 hours per week. If your income is below the total for your age range you will not be eligible.

 HourlyWeeklyMonthlyYearly
23+ £9.50 152.00 £658.67 £7904.00
21-22 £9.18 £146.88 £636.48 £7637.76
18-20 £6.83 £104.96 £454.83 £5682.56
under 18 £4.81 £76.96 £333.49 £4001.92
Apprentice Rate £4.81 £76.96 £333.49 £4001.92


Please note: Making an application does not guarantee a childcare place. Funding does not commence until after your application is approved and begins on the start date agreed with your childcare provider.

Re-Check Policy

Once applications are passed parents will be contacted every term in order to re submit proof of income.

How to apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria you can apply now.


If your child’s date of Birth is between 01/09/2018 and 31/08/2019 please contact Conwy Family Information Service on 01492 577850 or by email at plant.children@conwy.gov.uk

*Please note, depending on your circumstances, claiming the 30 hours may affect some benefits you currently receive, such as:

  • Childcare element of Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Tax Free childcare and Childcare Vouchers
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Reduction

 

More Information

Information for Parents and Carers 

 

Do you need help?

If you would like some more information, need to check on your eligibility criteria or want information on Childcare please contact:

Conwy Family Information Service
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