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Vale Childcare offer applications open from Friday 4th June

 

Working parents of children who will be three years old before August 31, 2021 are being invited to apply to the Welsh Government’s 30-hour childcare offer.

In the Vale of Glamorgan, the Childcare Offer can fund up to 17.5 hours per week of childcare during school term time. During school holidays, the provision is increased to up to 30 hours of funded childcare, allocated at three weeks per term.

Funding will start at the beginning of term in September 2021. It is available from the term after the child’s third birthday until the child starts full time school.

Parents can use the funding in any registered childcare setting who is signed up to the Childcare Offer. For example, in a day nursery, with a childminder or with a playgroup.

Parents must be employed or self-employed and living permanently in the Vale of Glamorgan. If this is in a two-parent family then both parents must be working, or the sole parent in a lone parent family. Parents must earn at least:

  • £142.56 per week if you are 23 years old or older
  • £133.76 per week if you are 21-22 years old
  • £104.96 per week if you are 18-20 years old

Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health, Cllr Ben Gray said:

“This has been a particularly challenging time for parents, adapting to home learning and balancing childcare whilst working from home.

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

“We would encourage everyone who is eligible to apply and make the most of the support available.”

Childcare Offer applications for children born between 01 April 2018 and 31 August 2018 can be submitted from 04 June 2021.

Complete applications submitted with all correct evidence by 02 July 2021 will be responded to by 19 July 2021, with funding to start at the beginning of Autumn Term.

Incomplete applications received between 04 June 2021 – 02 July 2021 will take longer to process.

You can still apply after 02 July 2021, but funding may not be guaranteed for the start of the Autumn Term and cannot be backdated.

Applications for children born before 01 April 2018 remain open. 

Full details on eligibility and earnings criteria are available on the Family Information Service website:  www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/childcareoffer

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