The Welsh Government childcare offer has been available in all areas of Newport since October 2018.
A maximum 30 hours of combined education and childcare will be offered to eligible working parents of 3 and 4 year olds for up to 48 weeks of the year.
The offer is available for children from the term after their third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday when they are offered a full-time education place.
The childcare offer is separate to the admission to nursery education application (sometimes called 'early education' or Rising 3).
To receive 30 hours of childcare during term time, you will need to have applied and been approved for the childcare offer and nursery education.
During the nine weeks of holiday entitlement, the full 30 hours is available under the childcare offer only.
Download our Childcare Offer FAQs leaflet (pdf)
Who can apply
You are eligible for the childcare offer if:
- your child is 3 or 4 years old
- both parents work if you are a two parent family
- you work at least 16 hours at the national minimum or living wage
- you earn a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours at the national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) (around £111 and £115 a week at the current 21-24 NMW and NLW rate respectively) but less than £100k per year
When to apply
Eligible children may start their childcare offer entitlement during the term after they turn three.
You will be able to apply for the childcare offer during the term in which your child turns three.
Autumn term: submit childcare offer applications for children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 December 2016 from 1 November 2019.
All complete applications submitted with the correct evidence by 25 November 2019 will receive a response by 16 December 2019, with a funding start date of 6 January 2020, the start of Spring term.
Incomplete applications will take longer to process.
Although you can apply after 25 November 2019, funding may not be guaranteed for the start of Spring term.
Before applying for the childcare offer you need to arrange a childcare place with a Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) registered provider that is able to meet your childcare requirements.
You must talk to your childcare provider first as the application form asks you to confirm which provider you are using.
How to apply
Newport residents can apply for the childcare offer online:
Download the Welsh Government Childcare Offer Privacy Notice (pdf)
If you have technical difficulties when completing the form please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, postcode and, if you have one, an application number.
If you are unable to apply online please email Newport Family Information Service for help.
Newport City Council is also responsible for processing childcare offer applications for Monmouthshire and Vale of Glamorgan residents.
Download the Childcare Offer for Wales leaflet (pdf)
Visit the Welsh Government Childcare Offer for Wales site.
Call Newport Family Information Service (FIS) on 0800 328 8483 or email email@example.com