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Mini Miners Club welcome Children’s Minister

Posted on : 22 Dec 2017

Mini Miners Club welcome Children’s Minister
Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies AM, Mini Miners' staff and CCBC Staff.
On Thursday 14th December, Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies AM visited the Mini Miners Club day nursery in Ystrad Mynach to launch the new Childcare Offer Workforce Development Plan.
The 10 year plan highlights the newly designed Level 2, 3, 5 and 6 Children’s Care Learning and Development and Play qualifications, as well as support to the workforce for continuing professional development, to ensure we are offering the highest quality care to the children and young people.
The Workforce Development Plan is part of the Childcare Offer for Wales which has been rolled out in areas across Caerphilly county as part of a Welsh Government pilot.
104 applications have been processed for the first pilot area with 88 parents currently enjoying the benefits of the childcare offer, which provides up to 20 hours of Government childcare for parents earning the equivalent or more than a minimum of 16 hours per week to help with the cost of wrap around care and additional hours during the foundation phase. This is available to children from the term following their third birthday and is in addition to the 10 hours already provided by the part-time Foundation Phase. 
The Mini Miners Club is just one of the childcare settings where the new childcare offer is currently being trialled.
Parents could receive the funding until they are offered a full time education place, usually the September after their child’s fourth birthday, which could potentially save families in the region of up to £4,725 per year.
Eligible parents will:-
• Have a child aged 3 / 4 who is able to access part time education
• Live in the Caerphilly Basin (including: Aber Valley, Bedwas, Trethomas & Machen, Llanbradach, Morgan Jones, Penyrheol, St James and St Martins wards). The Lower Sirhowy Valley (including: Abercarn, Crosskeys, Risca and Ynysddu wards) or the Mid Valley’s East (including: Argoed, Blackwood, Cefn Fforest, Crumlin, Newbridge, Pengam, Penmaen and Pontllanfraith wards.)
• work 16 hours per week or more
• earn the equivalent of working 16 hours at national living wage or national minimum wage or more
• are in receipt of specific caring benefits
Cllr. Philippa Marsden, Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement said, “I am delighted that the new Childcare Offer workforce Development plan has now been launched which will allow us as an authority, to continue to support childcare settings to upskill staff to provide the highest quality care for the children in our county. ”
Visit our online eligibility checker to see if you qualify for funded childcare
Or for more information please contact the Family Information Service on 01443 863232. 

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