Free Childcare In Wales? What You Need To Know

Childcare News | by | 21st Sep 2016

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Fancy 30 hours of free childcare for 48 weeks a year?

Parents with children aged 3 and 4 will be entitled to 30 hours free childcare in plans laid out by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

This was announced yesterday (Tuesday 20th September 2016) as part of Labour’s proposals for the next five years in Welsh Government.

The plan is called Taking Wales Forward 2016 – 2021. The South Wales Metro, M4 Relief Road, and Apprenticeships are also included in this proposal.

“We are offering a better deal on childcare to remove barriers to secure employment. We want to help those who want to work, or start a business, but are currently constrained by childcare pressures.”

They plan to do this by “Creating the most generous childcare offer anywhere in the UK: 30 hours free childcare a week for working parents of three and four year olds, 48 weeks of the year.”

That’s all the info that’s available in Taking Wales Forward 2016 – 2021 on childcare but it seems this is all to do with Talk Childcare. Talk Childcare – The Offer for Wales, or #TalkChildcare (#TrafodGofalPlant) as it is being bandied about on social media, says that…

“Once the offer is developed, it will be tested in some local authority areas from the autumn of 2017 to make sure it works for parents and childcare providers, followed by wider roll-out.”

Welsh Government are currently asking parents for their experiences of childcare in Wales to fine tune this new offer. So if you’d like to have your say then click any of the below that applies to you…

Alternatively you can email them:

Besides this, there is already a free childcare scheme in Wales called Flying Start. But not everyone can access it, as it depends on where you live to qualify for Flying Start. It appears that this new childcare offer will not have post code restrictions.

These are only plans at the moment and we don’t know when it will be rolled out across Wales or where it will start. Yet this is something to be aware of, and FamilyPoint Cymru will be following this story closely. In the meantime, have a look at our childcare news and articles.


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