An independent evaluation of the second year implementation of the Childcare Offer for Wales.

The findings of the second year evaluation are overall positive. A majority of parents have reported either being financially better off, able to afford more formal childcare and/or improved their employment prospects. Whereas providers have reported positive effects for sustainability and profitability.

The evaluators have recommended the Welsh Government give further consideration to:

  • encouraging further consistency in early years education policies across Wales to ensure the sustainability and viability of the wider Childcare Offer
  • simplifying the delivery of the Offer in considering future policies around its provision and the development of the vision for an integrated Early Childhood Education and Care¬†system
  • making further information, guidance and example scenarios available to parents and providers relating to the availability of Offer funded childcare during school holidays
  • the way in which funded childcare during school holidays is included within the Offer
  • reviewing the current funding rate paid to providers delivering Offer funded childcare
  • making further information and guidance available to local authorities and providers to enable better understanding of how the additional support grant can or should be used
  • providing further information and guidance relating to additional charges for local authorities as well as providers, potentially alongside examples of sample contracts and invoices
  • continuing a focus on more and clearer information for parents on the range of funding options available to help with childcare costs
  • implementing a national central administration system as soon as possible.¬†
  • continued information guidance and support for local authorities in relation to identifying and checking the employment eligibility of some self-employed parents.

Reports

Evaluation of the Childcare Offer for Wales: year 2
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Evaluation of the Childcare Offer for Wales: year 2 (summary)
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Contact

Katrina Morrison

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