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What is the Childcare Offer?

The childcare offer is 30 hours a week of funded early education and childcare for eligible working parents of three and four-year-olds for up to 48 weeks of the year. It consists of a combination of the existing Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) provision open to all three and four-year-olds and additional funded childcare for eligible families.

You can apply online for the offer. Please note that making an application does not guarantee a place. 

Please note Parents must send COPIES of the evidence and NOT the originals.

How many hours of childcare am I eligible for?

The Offer is a maximum of 30 hours of combined education and childcare.  Merthyr Tydfil already offers children, from the term following their 3rd birthday, a minimum of 12.5 funded hours of FPN education, per week.  This means that during term time, eligible parents can access an additional 17.5 hours of childcare.

Parents are not required to access their early education entitlement in order to access the childcare element of the offer.  However their entitlement will include these hours whether they access them or not.

If your child’s school offers full time FPN, then your term time entitlement through the childcare offer will be taken up by the FPN provision.  You will still be eligible for 30 hours of childcare for 9 weeks of the school holidays.

How many hours of education am I eligible for?

The education element of this offer is subject to each primary schools offer, which will vary from part-time to full-time Foundation Phase Nursery.

Children may also be able to access their education place through a Registered Education Provider (REP), in Non-Maintained settings. 

Further details on how to apply for a FPN education place can be found at

When will my child become eligible?

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

Date of birth Eligible from Applications open
1 September 2015 – 6th January 2015 7 January 2019 Open
1 January 2016 – 12th April 2016 29 April 2019 18 March 2019
1 April 2016 - 31 August 2016 2 September 2019 1 July 2019
1 September 2016 - 31 December 2016 6 January 2020 18 November 2019
1 January 2017 - 31 March 2017 20 April 2020 16 March 2020


Please note: In Merthyr, these admission dates may change each year according to when Easter falls.  

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


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