What is the Childcare Offer?

The new childcare offer will provide working parents with 30 hours of early education and childcare for three and four-year-olds, for up to 48 weeks per year. The offer will build on children’s existing Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) education entitlement during term time, and provide 30 hours of childcare for nine weeks of the holidays.

What does it mean for me as a provider?

Providing you are registered with CIW you could receive funding for eligible children accessing the offer in your setting. You will need to register with the Local Authority as a supplier for the childcare offer.

Parents can choose to use any childcare provider within Ceredigion provided that they have chosen to be a supplier for the offer on behalf of the local authority. Parents can choose to use providers from outside of the county. However, you will need to ensure that you register as a supplier.

Do I need to deliver the Foundation Phase to deliver the childcare element of the offer?

No. Some children will continue to access FPN education in maintained settings. Childcare providers do not need to deliver both the FPN education and childcare elements of the offer.

Do I need to be able to deliver the offer for 48 weeks per year to take part?

No. Parents can access the offer through different providers that best suit their circumstances. Providers who only offer term-time provision, or provision only in the school holidays, can still deliver the offer, depending on the needs of the parents.

How much will I get paid?

All providers will receive a rate of £4.50 per hour for children receiving the childcare element of the offer.

Can I charge parents a top-up rate?

No. You cannot charge hourly top-up rates if you’d normally charge more than £4.50 per hour.

Can I charge for food and additional activities?

Yes. If necessary, you can charge parents for additional elements such as food, transport and off-site activities which incur a cost. The Welsh Government guidelines state that parents should not be charged more than £7.50 per day (approximately 10 hours). This would include three meals at £2 per meal and 2 snacks at a charge of 75p per snack. For a half-day session (approximately 5.5 hours) parents should not be charged more than £4.75 (two meals at £2 per meal plus a snack at a charge of 75p per snack). For sessional care where a meal is not provided but children receive a snack, guidelines are that parents should not be charged more than 75p per day for snack provision.

How will I get paid?

You will be paid on a monthly basis half way through the month. In order to ensure that you are paid on a monthly basis you MUST submit your payment claims within the first four working days of the month. Failure to complete the claims on time will mean you will not get paid!

How do I take part?

In order to deliver the offer, you will need to complete the registration form click here to access the link. If you have any difficulties completing the form email gofalplant@ceredigion.gov.uk


Questions & Answers for providers

Welsh Government - Q&As for providers