COVID-19: Childcare for children aged 0-4 years

Eligible parents of children who are currently aged between 0 and 4 years (children of school nursery age or below) can apply for a childcare place from Tuesday 14 April 2020

Places should not be requested for children who, based on government advice, should be self-isolating or socially distancing. 

Applications must be confirmed with the childcare provider every two weeks to allow those who are exiting social isolation to potentially access a place, and will enable sites across the city to adjust provision as their own staffing availability changes. 

You can apply for this scheme if you are using either:

  • local authority Flying Start (2–4-years) childcare settings
  • a private childcare provider (0-4 years) who is still open for key workers and has signed up to the scheme

If you are already using the local authority Flying Start (2–4 years) childcare settings, you will not need to reapply.

Where critical workers who apply for the scheme have accessed childcare since 1 April 2020, payments to providers will be backdated.

If you are currently accessing the Childcare Offer for Wales and are a key worker, please read the Childcare Offer page for further information.

If you do not have a childcare provider, or your usual provider has closed due to COVID-19, please indicate this on the application form or email . 

You must speak with the childcare provider of your choice before applying for the scheme 


  • single parents who are employed as key workers according to the list published by Welsh Government
  • where both parents are employed as key workers
  • **either parent in a two parent family is a key worker
  • the family must live in the Newport local authority area
  • the child must be of pre-school age

**NB: government policy states that children should be cared for at home wherever possible. Where one parent in a two parent family is a critical worker, every effort should be made for the child to be cared for at home. Likewise, critical workers who are able to perform their jobs effectively while working from home should do so. The Coronavirus Childcare Assistance Scheme should only be applied for where all options for the child to be cared for at home have been exhausted.

Due to the limited capacity of childcare settings, initially places will only be considered for the following key worker groups:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Public safety and national security
  • Local and national government (staff essential for the COVID-19 response)
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

Where children are attending a private childcare provider, you will need to speak to them regarding food and clothing.

Children attending local authority Flying Start settings will need to bring a packed lunch.

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Evening and weekend care

Some sites may be able to provide childcare during the evenings and weekends. This must be discussed with the childcare provider you are using who will then need to notify the local authority Family Information Service team.

Dysgwyr Bach Flying Start provide care Monday to Sunday, 8.30am-8pm for children aged 2 years to 4 years 11 months and is located at: 

Dysgwyr Bach Flying Start, Pillgwenlly Flying Start Centre, Capel Crescent, Newport, NP20 2FT.

To apply, use the coronavirus childcare assistance scheme application form below and select 'Flying Start Hub' from the drop-down option.


Complete the online application form below. If you have any queries please email 

Coronavirus childcare assistance scheme application form