Applications are now open for a free childcare and early education scheme being piloted in 10 wards across Carmarthenshire.
Known as The Childcare Offer for Wales, the scheme provides eligible working parents working 16 hours or more a week, with 30 hours a week of funded early education and childcare for 3 to 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks of the year. The scheme is funded by Welsh Government as part of its ‘Taking Wales Forward’ programme, with one of its main pledges being the removal of barriers stopping parents from taking up employment.
The Welsh Government have confirmed a phased roll out in Carmarthenshire will be piloting on a phased basis from January 2019 for eligible parents. The eligible wards for the first phase of the roll out are Glanymor, Bigyn, Tyisha, Lliedi, Llwynhendy, Dafen, Hengoed, Elli, Felinfoel and Bynea.
Cllr Glynog Davies, Executive Board Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “I am delighted that the Child Care Offer for Wales is coming to Carmarthenshire, it’s a great scheme and I’m sure it will be of benefit to a number of hardworking parents and their children too.”
Are You Eligible?
To be eligible for this Offer you have to be parents living within one of the selected pilot areas, have a child who is 3 or 4 years old, and earn on average a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) or more, you can find these current rates Here
If you are in a lone parent family you need to be working, and if you are in a two parent family you both need to be working. If you are self-employed or on a zero hours contract you need to be able to prove this by providing the relevant documents.
How to Apply
Childcare providers are also being encouraged to register their service with the scheme to ensure parents can select them when applying for the Offer. Childcare providers should also contact Family Information Service Carmarthenshire for further information on how to register.