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Welsh Government 30-hour Education/Childcare Offer

Most working parents or those in education/training of 3 or 4 year old children could be getting government help with childcare costs.

Under the Childcare Offer for Wales, you could claim 30 hours of early education and childcare in Wales a week, for up to 48 weeks of the year. It aims to make life a bit easier for parents by offering help with childcare costs.

The Offer has already helped parents from all over Wales to return to work, increase their hours or work more flexibly. Others are taking training opportunities to develop their skills, change their job or even start their own business.

The aim is to give parents who are working and those in education/training a bit of extra money every month, to spend on the things that are important to their family.

Whatever the Offer means for you and your family, don’t miss out on your share of government help with childcare. 

The Childcare Offer for Wales’ new national digital service is due to launch this Autumn!

As a childcare provider in Wales, we wanted to let you know about the Childcare Offer for Wales’ new national digital service.

The digital service, which will provide a consistent experience for parents and providers across Wales, is coming this Autumn. It is easy to use and can be accessed ‘on the go’.

Offer Details 

My child was 3 years old ON OR BEFORE 31 August 2022

Apply Here 

My child is 3 years old ON OR AFTER 1 September 2022

Apply Now 

When will my child become eligible?

The chart below explains when you can apply for the Childcare Offer:

If your child is born between Eligible from Eligible to Applications open
1 September 2018 - 31 December 2018

4 January 2022 (start of Spring term)

31 August following their 4th birthday 2023 Open Now
1 January 2019 – 31 March 2019 25 April 2022 (start of Summer term) 31 August following their 4th birthday 2023 Open Now
1 April 2019 -  31 August 2019 5 September 2022 (start of Autumn term) 31 August following their 4th birthday 2023 Open Now
1 September 2019 - 31 December 2019 9 January 2023 (start of Spring Term) 31 August following their 4th birthday 2024 7th November 2022

If you apply before these dates, your application will be automatically rejected and you will need to reapply after the application open date.

In Merthyr Tydfil all eligible parents will be offered a minimum of 12.5 hours of Early Years  Education and 17.5 hours of Childcare. This also applies to those who wish to utilise the offer within another Local Authority.

PLEASE NOTE: if a child attends Nursery Education in another Local Authority, their CCO entitlement will apply to the Nursery Education  offer in MTCBC.

For more information on childcare within Merthyr Tydfil please visit https://www.merthyrfis.org/childcare-search/ 

If you have any questions regarding the offer in Merthyr Tydfil email stacey.chamberlain@merthyr.gov.uk

School term dates

Join in the conversation online - look for the hashtag #ChildcareOfferWales on social media.