Why should parents get help with childcare costs? Because of this…

Why should parents get help with childcare?  That’s something I’ve read a lot on social media. It’s generally wrapped up with comments about people on benefits, or immigrants.  People shouldn’t have kids if they can’t afford them. You get my drift. Of all those sorts of comments, there’s one particularly type which stand out to me. It’s the ” I had it tough, why should you get it easy” type of remark. “ How do you think we managed in our day?” one Facebook community member wrote on a childcare news story. It pops up on posts about lots of…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…