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Childcare Offer for Wales

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Information on eligibility and how to apply for the Childcare offer for Wales.

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childcarelogo2018Applications are open for eligible children with a date of birth between 01/09/2018 - 31/08/2019.

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.  
  • The Offer starts from the term following the child’s third birthday and continues until the September following their fourth birthday when they begin full time education.

Date of birthEligible for the Offer from:Applications open from:

01/01/2019 to 31/03/2019



01/09/2017 to 31/12/2018

As soon as your application is processed


01/04/2019 – 31/08/2019



Who is eligible?

To be eligible for free child care you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Your child is aged 3 or 4 years and is able to access part time Foundation Phase Education
  • You 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.(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);
  • Parents in education and training who are enrolled on a Higher Education (HE) undergraduate or postgraduate courses or those enrolled on a course at a Further Educations (FE) institution.  In both cases the course has to be at least 10 weeks in length and can also be a course delivered by distance learning;
  • Foster parents and parents on adoption leave as long as they meet the parental eligibility criteria and providing the childcare is in line with their foster child’s Care Plan / Adoption Support Plan.


Eligible benefits second parent may be in receipt of (parent 1 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.


The table below 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.

23+ £9.50 152.00 £658.67 £7904.00
21-22 £9.18 £146.88 £636.48 £7637.76
18-20 £6.83 £104.96 £454.83 £5682.56
under 18 £4.81 £76.96 £333.49 £4001.92
Apprentice Rate £4.81 £76.96 £333.49 £4001.92

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.

How to apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, please complete the application form:

You will need to download the application form above.

You must return the completed application form via e-mail to

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.

*Please note, depending on your circumstances, claiming the 30 hours may affect some benefits you currently receive, such as:

  • Childcare element of Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Tax Free childcare and Childcare Vouchers
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Reduction

More Information

Information for Parents and Carers 


Do you need help?

If you would like some more information, need to check on your eligibility criteria or want information on Childcare please contact:

Conwy Family Information Service
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