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.

How many hours of childcare am I eligible for?

The offer is a maximum of 30 hours of combined education and childcare. From the term after a child’s 3rd birthday Ceredigion County Council currently funds 10 hours of FPN provision in a Cylch Meithrin/Playgroup or 12 ½ hours if in a nursery class within a school. This means that eligible parents will qualify for either 20 hours or 17 ½ hours of additional childcare during term time.

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.

During the holidays you will be eligible for 30 hours of childcare for nine weeks of the school holidays.

How many hours of education am I eligible for?

The education element of this offer is subject to normal Ceredigion County Council School Admissions rules. Parents must apply for a FPN education place in a school setting or a non-maintained setting (i.e. Cylch Meithrin or Playgroup).

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