Meet PaCE: Free Childcare For Parents Seeking Work

Childcare Work & Training | by | 22nd May 2017

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PaCE, the scheme that helps job hunting parents with childcare costs has been extended to 2020.

Parents, Childcare and Employment (PaCE) supports parents who face childcare barriers preventing them from accessing education, employment or training opportunities. The £13.5 million programme is delivered throughout Wales by 43 advisers working from settings in the community.

Jointly delivered by the Welsh Government and the Department for Work and Pensions, the programme, builds upon services offered via Flying Start and Families First. PaCE is able to support parents who are economically inactive and live outside Community First areas.

What can PaCE advisers do for you?

PaCE advisers provide individual support for parents by considering their individual childcare needs. As well as this they help you gain or build upon your work skills which will match up with current job opportunities.

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Advisers can also help with arranging work experience, voluntary work, or training to be able to get a work-related qualification. PaCE can pay for your children to attend registered childcare whilst you attend one of these opportunities and improve your chances of gaining employment.

Advisers, on behalf of the parents, may also consult other support services, such as Family Information Services. This can be to gather information on the registered childcare available locally to the parent. Childcare options will vary in each area and may include child-minders, nurseries, wraparound and playgroups/crèches. Whatever the service available it has to be correct for the parent and the child. Therefore the parent will make final decision on which childcare provider suits their needs best.

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PaCE can also provide help with childcare costs whilst the parent goes through the transition from being out of work and into a new job. For example, PaCE can consider paying up to 10 days childcare prior to the parent starting work. This is to enable the child, or children, to settle down in the new childcare environment.

PaCE can also consider paying the childcare costs for up to 2 weeks immediately after the parent starts employment of 16 hours per week or more. PaCE can also consider paying for clothing, tools, equipment, and/or travel costs to overcome other barriers which prevent you starting work or training.

Want to find out more?

For further info on PaCE, including eligibility, please click here.

If you wish to contact PaCE please email: PaCE@WALES.GSI.GOV.UK

In 2017 the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant announced that PaCE would be extended until 31st March 2020.

FamilyPoint Helpline

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If you feel you need to talk to someone about this issue or any other problems your family is having then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.

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