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Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn - Isle of Anglesey County Council

Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds


You will have seen the announcement on Monday about the Co-operation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru.

The Agreement, which starts from 1 December, will run for three years and sets out a number of areas for action over that period. One of those is a commitment to childcare as follows:

Expand free childcare to all two-year-olds with a particular focus on providing and strengthening Welsh-medium childcare.

There is no further information at this stage nor about the implementation of this offer.

This will take time as you appreciate and there will be a further period of consulting with you as a sector on this development.

If you could share the announcement with your parents/carers, but advise them that this is not operational and there is no timetable for its implementation yet.

Contact

Please note people may contact Welsh Government directly by email using Flyingstart2@llyw.cymru or TalkChildcare@llyw.cymru

Applications are open for eligible children with a date of birth between 1 September 2017 to 31 December 2018.

What is the offer?

  • 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 every week.
  • during up to 9 weeks of school holidays, parents will be able to access up to 30 hours of funded childcare. 
  • parents 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.  
  • eligible children will be able to access the Offer until the September following their fourth birthday when they begin full-time education.

Gwynedd and Anglesey have been chosen to pilot the Welsh Government funded childcare offer for 3 and 4 year old children of working parents.

Childcare Offer - 3 and 4 year old Government Funded Childcare
Date of birth Eligible for the offer from Applications open from
1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018 As soon as your application is processed Open
1 September 2018 to 31 December 2018 10 January 2022 1 November 2021
1 January 2019 to 31 March 2019 25 April 2022 28 February 2022

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for free child care

  • your child must be aged 3 or 4 years and is able to access part time Foundation Phase Education
  • you must live in Gwynedd, Anglesey or Conwy
  • all parents, or co-habiting couples, in the household work the equivalent of at least 16 hours at national living wage or national minimum wage (please see table below). Parents will not to be eligible if they earn more than £100,000 per annum- this is a per parent limit
  • one parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring
  • both parents are employed but one or both parents are temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave
  • both parents are employed but one or both parents are temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay
  • one parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits (please see  below)

Eligible benefits second parent may be in receipt of (parent one will need to be working equivalent of 16 hours per week)

  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Carers Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Long term Incapacity Benefit
  • Employment and Support Allowance or National Insurance credits on the grounds of incapacity for work or limited capability for work

Please note: Making an application does not guarantee a childcare place. Funding does not commence until after your application is passed and begins on the start date noted on your confirmation letter.

Re-check policy

Once applications are passed parents will be contacted every term in order to re submit proof of income. Parents will be contacted by email and failure to provide the necessary documents will result in funding being stopped.

Parents who would normally have met the income eligibility criteria for the childcare offer but who don’t now as a result of Covid-19

Parents applying for the offer will be considered eligible if they can evidence that they would normally meet the earnings eligibility criteria for the offer. 

You will need to evidence that, as a result of Covid-19, your earnings in January/February 2020 met the income eligibility criteria for the Offer but that you have seen a reduction in income since then.

Please see below table. This shows income based on minimum wage working 16 hours per week. If your income is below the total for your age range you will not be eligible.

 

Hourly

Weekly

Monthly

Yearly

23+

£8.91

142.56

£617.76

£7413.12

21 to 22

£8.36

£133.76

£579.63

£6955.52

18 to 20

£6.56

£104.96

£454.83

£5457.92

Under 18

£4.62

£73.92

£320.32

£3843.84

Apprentice rate

£4.30

£68.80

£298.13

£3577.60

How to apply

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, please complete the application form . Please see below to download the form.

You must return via email to childcareoffer@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Please note: failure to submit all required documents with your application will result in a delay in processing.

It is not possible at present to send the application form by post.

You will be informed of the outcome of your application, by email, within 10 working days of receipt of the application.

Your eligibility for funded childcare will begin after you receive your confirmation letter - no applications will be backdated.

You must show your confirmation letter to your childcare provider to evidence your eligibility for the offer. 

More information

For more information on the offer, take a look at the attachments below, or contact us:

Childminders on Anglesey

For a list of childminders on Anglesey, please email Teulu Môn: teulumon@anglesey.gov.uk


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