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Childcare Offer for Wales

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Applications are open for eligible children with a date of birth between: 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2017
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childcarelogo2018Conwy County Borough Council will work in partnership with Anglesey and Gwynedd Council to develop the Childcare Offer for Wales for 3 and 4 year old children of working parents living in Conwy County.

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. Please note some schools/ settings in Conwy may offer more than 10 hours Foundation Phase these additional hours will form part of the 30 hours offer.
  • 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.

Date of BirthEligible for the Offer from:Applications open:
01/09/2016 - 31/03/2017 01/09/2020 Open from 10/08/2020
01/04/2017 - 31/08/2017 As soon as your application is processed Open from 01/09/2020
01/09/2017 - 31/12/2017 Date to be confirmed Date to be confirmed


Who is eligible?


To be eligible for free childcare 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
  • You work and earn the equivalent of at least 16 hours at national living wage or national minimum wage; or are in receipt of specific caring benefits

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.

We will re-check the eligibility of parents who fall into this category at the end of October. You will be granted an 8 week temporary exemption period (TEP) starting on 1 November, if your income still does not meet the requirements for the Offer or is not expected to meet the requirements from 1 November. Funding will cease at the end of the TEP unless your income meets the relevant criteria.

*Please note, depending on your individual circumstances claiming the 30 hours may affect some benefits you currently receive. For example;

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

How to apply?

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

You will need to download the application form (above).

You MUST return via e-mail 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 20 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.

Parents are responsible for finding childcare to meet their requirements, however Conwy Family Information Service can provide details of childcare which is available in your area, please contact:

Email: plant.children@conwy.gov.uk 

Phone: 01492 577850

Childcare providers will need to register with Conwy Early Years Education and Childcare Team to deliver the 30 hour offer to receive Welsh Government funding.

Summary of the offer (PDF)

Parent FAQs

Information for Childcare Providers

Childcare providers will need to register with Conwy Early Years Education and Childcare Team to deliver the 30 hour offer to receive Welsh Government funding.

Provider FAQS

Talk childcare - The offer for Wales

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