Welcome to Caerphilly Early Years


The site to support and inform childcare settings, people working in childcare and families using childcare and Early Years services within Caerphilly County Borough.


Childcare Offer Capital Grant Programme Small Grants Scheme

Invitation for Applications

All settings registered with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) who are offering Childcare Offer places for 3 and 4 year olds or who intend to offer places are eligible to apply. This includes childminders, private and voluntary sector providers, and maintained settings offering day care, wrap around care, after school provision, holiday play schemes, etc. Applications can also be considered from childcare providers who are in the process of applying for registration. The childcare setting must be based in Caerphilly County Borough.

For information and an Application Form please contact Sally Jenkins either by email: jenkis6@caerphilly.gov.uk or by phone on 02920 760768.

The closing date for applications is May 17th 2019. Applications received after this date will be deferred until the next Panel (October) if funding is still available. Funding is limited so we encourage you to apply early.



FREE PLACES AVAILABLE Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork (from Early Years) in Ebbw Vale

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs have received funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to deliver a 9 place Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork (from Early Years). As a condition of the funding, only one Playworker per setting may attend, and Playworkers must live or work in Torfaen, Caerphilly, RCT, Merthyr Tydfil or Blaenau Gwent. Please contact naomie@clybiauplantcymru.org for an expression of interest form

Course Details

Course delivery is planned over 5 Saturdays, starting in April: 6th April 2019, 11th and 18th May 2019 and 8th and 22nd June 2019. Times to be from 9:30am – 4:00pm. Attendees must attend all sessions.

Location : Rassau Resource Centre, Ebbw Vale, NP23 5PZ

About the Qualification

This qualification is based on the National Occupational Standards for Playwork and has been developed for Early Years practitioners who would like to broaden their knowledge and work in Playwork settings. This qualification is listed on SkillsActive List of Required Qualifications to work within the Playwork sector in Wales and is recognised by CIW for Registration.

The units cover the theories and principles of play and Playwork Principles and how to support the needs and rights of children to create diverse, inclusive play environments. They also cover how to support children and young people to manage risk, establishing and maintaining links with other organisations and individuals, and organisational frameworks. It does not confirm occupational competence as a Playworker.

Eligibility Criteria

Qualification is relevant for Early Years Practitioners who hold a relevant Level 3 Early Years qualification (CCLD Level 3 or equivalent - please check with us for details)

Learners will need to be working or volunteering in a play setting so that they can draw on and reflect on their experience. There is no work based assessment for this Award. Learners will be asked to produce a portfolio of evidence. Covering 7 assignments.



Adult Learning Wales have been allocated a number of Playwork Courses fully funded that they are able to offer accross Wales between September 2018 and July 2019.  Courses include:

  • Level 1     Introduction to Playwork  
  • Level 2     L2APPs (Award in Playwork Practice)        
  • Level 3     MAHPS (Managing a Holiday Playscheme)    
  • Level 3     ADDaPT (Award in Delivery Dynamic Playwork Training)


They are able to offer courses to School Staff, Learning Support Assistants, Childcare workers, Youth Workers and other professionals accross Wales.

If you would like to arrange for a course to run or find out about courses running in your locality please contact Jane Hawkshaw on 02920 235277 or the National Delivery Team on 02920 382431 or click on the link below for more information.


The Childcare Offer for Wales - Government Funded Childcare for 3 and 4 Year Olds

Caerphilly is one of the seven local authorities to pilot the Welsh Government's Childcare Offer for Wales, funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds for parents working more than 16 hours per week. 

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. During school holidays, parents will be able to access 30 hours of childcare. 

The Childcare Offer is now available across the whole of Caerphilly County Borough.

Eligible children will be able to access the offer from the beginning of the term following their third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday when they begin full-time education.

Parents who live in the pilot areas 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.  

For more information about the scheme, the current Pilot Areas and to find out what childcare is available, please contact the Caerphilly Family Information Service on 01443 863232 or e-mail fis@caerphilly.gov.uk or visit http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/childcareoffer



Contact us

If you have any queries please contact us:

Early years and Childcare Team,

St James Primary School site,

Lansbury Park,


CF83 3GT


Childcare Development Team

- 02920 760768

- 02920 760761

- 01443 866728

Assisted & Supported Places Placement Officer

- 02920 760767

Welsh Language Officer

- 01443 820913

Family Information Service

- 01443 863232



Email: earlyyears@caerphilly.gov.uk

Fax: 02920 760764


Useful links

Care Inspectorate Wales 

Children in Wales

Care Council Wales 

Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years – PACEY 

Clwbiau Plant Cymru Kid’s Clubs – CPCKC 

Wales Preschool Playgroups Association

Mudiad Meithrin

Menter Iaith

Early Years Workforce Development

Welsh Government