Childcare Offer

 

The eligibility criteria checker for the Childcare Offer is now open for families who want to apply for January 2020. If your child is 3 years old between 1st September 2019 - 31 December 2019 and you are meeting the criteria you can apply now. Click for further details 

Mae'r gwirydd maen prawf cymhwyster ar gyfer y Cynnig Gofal Plant ar agor nawr ar gyfer teuluoedd sydd eisiau ceisio ar gyfer Ionawr 2020. Os yw eich plentyn yn 3 mlwydd oed rhwng 1 Medi 2019 – 31 Rhagfyr 2019 ac os ydych yn cwrdd â'r meini prawf gallwch wneud cais nawr. Cliciwch ar gyfer manylion pellach 

https://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Children-and-families/Childcare-and-early-years/Childcare-Eligibility-Checker

Welsh Government Childcare Offer for Wales Pilot

Welsh Government recognises that affordable, available and accessible childcare enables parents to work, supporting its drive to increase economic growth, tackle poverty and reduce inequalities.

Childcare offer for working parents

The Childcare Offer for Wales is now available across the whole of the Caerphilly County Borough saving working families thousands on childcare costs.

Welsh Government have given the green light for the pilot to be rolled out across the entire county offering parents of children aged between 3 and 4 access to funding for childcare.

From the term following their 3rd birthday, children could be entitled to 20 hours of government funded childcare. This is in addition to the 10 hours already provided by the part-time Foundation Phase and up to 30 hours of childcare upto 9 weeks during the school holidays.

Parents could save up to £4,725 per year on the cost of childcare until they are offered a full-time education place, this is usually the September after their child’s fourth birthday.

The funding is issued based on address rather than childcare provision so those who use an out of county childcare facility are still able to do so.

Eligible parents will: -

  • • Have a child aged 3 / 4 who is able to access part time education
  • • Earn no more than £100,000 per year
  • • Live in Caerphilly county borough

Cllr. Philippa Marsden, Cabinet Member responsible for Education and Achievement commented, “We are thrilled that Welsh Government have agreed to extend the pilot to include parents across the entire county. Taking advantage of this offer could save working parents a small fortune in the transition between the foundation phase and full-time education.”

We have received the following feedback from one of our providers from the initial pilot area in Mid Valleys East.

“My view on the scheme over all is very good, this was once I got my head around the way in which the scheme works”.

Our provider then went onto say “I found it a little overwhelming at first but as with anything new it takes a little time to get used to”. “I had excellent support from the Childcare Development Officer with anything that I wasn’t sure of and I still feel I can contact her if I have any questions at all”.

I found the officer Nicola to be very friendly and supportive and she explained things in a clear way for me to understand, as I class myself as an older Childminder and not very good on the computer but with her support it really helped don’t think I could have done it on my own.

The process is quite easy, again once you get into it.

All the girls in the office are always there to help you if needed and I did need them once or twice, they will also contact you if you have made any mistakes on invoices etc (which I have done)and help you put them right also explaining what I’ve done wrong.

I asked my two families who were eligible and have taken up the scheme their thoughts, both have said it’s been a massive help financially and found the process not to bad at all.

The application process is outlined in 3 simple steps, all of which is detailed on the councils

website http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk

 

Where can I find out more about the Childcare Offer?

For more information regarding the Caerphilly Pilot please contact:

Family Information Services on 01443 863232

Email: childcareoffer@caerphilly.gov.uk

Alternatively your are able to visit the Welsh Government webpage where you can find out more about the childcare offer and answer some short questions:  www.gov.wales/talkchildcare   

Family Information Service:  The Family Information Service (FIS) is the first point of contact for advice and information on local services for families and carers.  There is a FIS in every local authority. The FIS provide free, impartial help, support and advice on a range of family issues including childcare, help with costs of childcare, and leisure services www.your.caerphilly.gov.uk/fis