Posted on: Friday 23 August 2019
The Childcare Offer for Wales provides 30 hours a week of government funded early education and childcare for working parents of three and four-year-olds in Torfaen, for 48 weeks of the year.
Hundreds of families have already benefited from the Childcare Offer over the past 12 months, with 592 children currently accessing it. There are 70 registered childcare providers in Torfaen which include; 32 childminders, 17 day nurseries, 16 playgroups, 2 cylch eithrin and three out of school clubs.
To be eligible, parents must be working the equivalent of 16 hours at national minimum wage/national living wage, be resident in Torfaen, and not earn over £100,000 each if part of a couple. The childcare element of the offer can be accessed through registered childcare providers both in Torfaen, and outside the borough.
The administration of the scheme is hosted by Blaenau Gwent Council who work in collaboration with Torfaen to deliver the offer. Blaenau Gwent process the applications for parents living in Torfaen, determine eligibility, issue childcare booking forms and confirm successful applications.
Applications for children starting nursery education in September are still open and can be made online at http://bit.ly/ChildcareOfferAutumn2019 or http://bit.ly/CynnigGofalPlantHydref2019
Cllr Mandy Owen, Torfaen’s Executive member for Children and Young People said, "It's great to hear that so many working families across have benefited over the past year, with some huge financial savings. I would urge all working parents with three and four-year-old children to apply for the offer.
With an upper limit cap of £100,000 per parent, this truly is a fantastic offer which will enable parents to potentially increase their hours of work and earn more without receiving any deductions within the childcare and early education offer.”
For anyone wanting support to return to employment or upskill, please contact Torfaen Employability Team on 01633 647743 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You also have the option to contact Parent, Childcare and Employment Officers on 07342 072863 or 07342 072865 for further support.
For more information about the offer and childcare options, please contact Torfaen Family Information Service on 0800 0196 330 or visit www.torfaenfis.org.uk