Childcare offer for Wales: what it means for parents

It was confirmed today that the childcare offer for wales will be extended to seven more local authorities. It’s fanastic news, any help with childcare costs is welcomed,  but parents are still sharing their concerns with me that they aren’t sure how it is going to work. Many parents have told me they weren’t aware that more funded childcare was coming in and only knew about the existing 10 hour minimum foundation phase that all three and four year olds are entitled to in Wales. The pressure is on for many of us as applications for the foundation education  component opens shortly for September 2019 and Rising 3 places for January and April 2019. If eligble, parents will need to…

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Childcare offer for Wales: information for parents

I’ve been talking a lot about the new childcare offer for Wales, but I’ve noticed that on my Facebook group it is quite Newport-centric. This is in part because I’ve just learned that they will be joining the pilot for the new offer in September. I’ve also heard a rumour that Cardiff will be joining in September but this is via social media and I’ve no firm details. I wanted to get more information out to all parents of three and four year olds. Even if you aren’t in a pilot area, or eligble if you are, there are other options available. You will still be entitled to the minimum ten hours childcare from the term following your child’s third…

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Let’s #TalkChildcare and the 30 hours free childcare offer

Three and four year olds in Wales are currently entitled to ten to fifteen hours free early years education during term time, but this could increase to thirty hour with the new childcare offer. You have probably heard a lot about this on the news, but what does this mean for you? The new childcare offer will build on the existing provision, topping it up to 30 hours per week for 48 weeks of the year. This means that you will receive additional funding towards school holidays. Much like the existing offer you can access the funding with registered private providers and nurseries. If you are in state maintained nursery which is only open during term time, then you’ll need…

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The childcare offer in Wales – 15 hours free childcare for 3 year olds

I’ve been talking to a lot of mums across in my area recently about free childcare provision, and specifically free provision for three year olds. While Welsh Government has announced up to 30 hours free early years education for pre-schoolers it is still in the pilot phase and there’s very little information out there on when it will be rolled out everywhere.  Of course like most parents, that doesn’t help when you have to apply for nursery places so far in advance.  Parents need to juggle existing provision and potentially find other to plug the gaps. That can take time. Many of my friends have already made arrangements for the September intake, opting to keep their child in private nursery…

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3 Alternatives to “Date Night” when you don’t have childcare

I see so many posts on blogs talking about the importance of having a social life and quality time with your partner. I’ve read a lot recently about how to make the most of your time together and why it’s essential you make an effort to spend quality time alone. I get it. I really do. But we don’t all have access to babysitters. For me, I’m an older mum with a family that I could count on one hand – well actually two fingers as I don’t think I can count my great granny with dementia in my “potential child-minders” count. I am the youngest one in my family bar my two year old. There are various limitations on…

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