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Talk childcare - The offer for Wales

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FIS provide information and advice on local services for 0-25 year olds, from childcare to holiday activities.

We intend to provide 30 hours a week of free early education and childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds in Wales, for 48 weeks of the year.

What will the offer be?

We want our childcare offer to be as clear and easy to access as possible so that parents can continue to choose the providers that best suit their needs.

Parents will receive a combined total of 30 hours of early education and childcare during term time. The current free early education provided by the Foundation Phase will form part of this offer.

For 9 weeks of the year, outside of term time, parents will receive 30 hours per week of childcare.

When will it become available?

We’ll be testing the offer in areas of some local authorities from September 2017 to make sure it works for parents and childcare providers.

This will be followed by wider roll-out across Wales.

The #TalkChildcare Campaign

Since August 2016 we’ve been asking for your views on childcare and the new offer.

The Childcare Offer for Wales Our new childcare offer will provide working parents with 30 hours of early education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks per year. Your views are important to us. Since August 2016: 3,768 responses received from parents to our online survey 180 queries and comments to our inbox 2,000 parents spoken to at our national roadshow 262 childcare providers have got involved through a mixture of provider events, focus groups and webinars 64 parents participated in our in-depth focus groups providing detailed feedback That’s over 6,250 of you in total! Over the next few months we’ll be taking some time to analyse everything you’ve told us. We’ll also be sharing the key findings, so watch this space

We’ll be sharing the results with you soon. In the meantime you can contact us directly at: or write to us at:

Childcare Offer Team
Welsh Government
Cathays Park
2nd Floor North
CF10 3NQ.

Keep a look out for #TalkChildcare on social media to join in our online conversation.