Welsh Government Sustainability Funding for Childcare Providers

Posted on: Thursday 18 February 2021
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Torfaen Council's Early Years team has received an additional £187,000 of funding from the Welsh Government to help the sustainability of registered childcare providers in Torfaen who have been directly impacted by Covid 19.

The funding is available to support childcare settings impacted by increased costs due to the challenges Covid-19 presents and is intended to be used to help sustain and develop good quality provision, where no other public funding is being provided to cover the same costs.

In addition, the fund will support families by removing the need for providers to charge parent fees when a service is not being provided due to Covid-19.

Providers can apply for unprecedented closures, purchase of PPE, additional heating costs arising from need for increased ventilation or costs associated with additional cleaning requirements.

Charlotte Dickens, Torfaen Early Years Manager, said: “Our childcare providers in Torfaen have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to provide care for children of key workers and all children who require care.

They have had to significantly alter their working practices to continue to keep childcare provision safe and accessible. This grant will enable them to sustain this provision where other funding is not available”.  

Torfaen Executive Member for Education, Cllr Richard Clark, said: "This is very much welcome news, not only for childcare providers who have been presented with some tough challenges throughout the pandemic in order to sustain provision, but also for parents who will not lose out financially due to non attendance at childcare settings due to circumstances linked to COVID19."

All registered childcare providers can apply for the grant where other funding has not covered the incurred costs. Applications can obtained by emailing Childcaresupport@torfaen.gov.uk or calling the Family Information Service on 0800 0196 330.

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