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Early Years Education Funding for 3 Year Olds

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Early Years Education has been affected by COVID-19. For further information please contact Conwy Family Information Service on 01492 577850 or by email at plant.children@conwy.gov.uk

Children start their educational journey in the term following their third birthday. They will follow the Foundation Phase curriculum until they are 7 years old.

A funded place is available for 3 year olds in a registered pre-school setting (cylch meithrin, playgroup, day nursery) or in a school from the term following their 3rd birthday.

The funding is not for childcare and is allocated directly to the setting. The funding may not cover the full cost of the session within a childcare setting and you may be charged a fee towards the total cost.

When does your child become eligible?

Applications are now open for children who are 3 years old between 1st September and 31st December 2020 (application closing date 25/11/2020)

If your child was born between:You will be eligible for funded part time education for:
September 1st – December 31st The Spring and Summer Term after their third birthday through a choice of approved settings
January 1st – March 31st The Summer Term after their third birthday through a choice of approved settings
April 1st and August 31st The Autumn term after their third birthday – provision is made through the County’s schools

How many hours can your child attend?

Each child who qualifies can receive up to ten hours a week of Foundation Phase Learning.

This is usually:

  • 5 sessions a week, 1 per day, of 2 hours duration OR 4 sessions a week, 1 per day, of 2½ hours duration.

Settings however may vary in their opening hours. Please discuss this with your childcare setting.

Which settings are part of the scheme?

Only childcare settings which are members of the scheme are eligible for funding. The list of settings can be found on the online application form.

How do I apply for my child’s place?


Have you checked to see whether you are eligible for the Childcare Offer for Wales as well?  www.conwy.gov.uk/childcareoffer

What happens if my child attends more than one setting?

  • We can only fund ONE setting, and it is the parent’s decision as to which setting should be allocated the funding.
  • Only apply at the setting you would like your child to receive their funded place.
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