Childcare pilot projects underway
Welsh Government’s new Childcare Offer will provide 30 hours a week of government funded early education and childcare for working parents of three and four year olds in Wales, for up to 48 weeks of the year. The current free early education provided by Foundation Phase will form part of this offer.
It is currently being piloted in parts of Swansea, Flintshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, and a joint project in Gwynedd and Anglesey. They will test all aspects of the new Offer to ensure it will be accessible to parents and sustainable in the long-term once rolled out.
The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant said:
'Affordable, available and accessible childcare will enable parents to work, supporting our drive to increase economic growth, tackle poverty and reduce inequalities. It will also provide opportunities and long-term benefits for our children and improve their life chances.
‘This is a very important commitment so we are determined to get it right. This is why we are testing the offer very carefully and why these pilot schemes will be so valuable in helping us understand how best to make it work for parents, providers and children.’