Children benefiting from Welsh Government’s childcare offer
The Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies, has announced that over 3,000 children have already benefited from the Welsh Government’s childcare offer during its first year.
The scheme which offers 30 hours of free childcare a week to working parents of three and four-year olds is currently available in 14 council areas across Wales. The offer will be extended to the whole of Wales by 2020.
During the offer’s first year:
- 3,395 children have taken up places in settings offering the childcare offer
- More than 574 providers are taking part in the offer.
The Minister also announced that he is increasing the pace of expansion to different areas in Wales in response to parents who wanted the offer rolled out sooner.
The Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies said:
’I’m delighted so many children and their families have benefited from the childcare offer during the first year. It’s allowing parents to either take-up or return to work – which is not only good for the Welsh economy, but it’s also reducing strain on family incomes.’