Childcare Offer for Wales

The new Welsh Government Childcare Offer is now available across the county borough and could bring huge financial savings for eligible parents working 16 hours or more per week.

From the term following their 3rd birthday, children could be entitled to 20 hours of government funded childcare. This is in addition to the 10 hours already provided by the part-time Foundation Phase and up to 30 hours of childcare during the school holidays.

Parents could receive the funding until they are offered a full time education place, usually the September after their child’s fourth birthday potentially saving families in the region of up to £4,725 per year.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for free child care you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Your child is aged 3 or 4 years who is able to access part time education 
  • You live in Caerphilly County Borough


  • You work 16 hours per week or more, or
  • You earn the equivalent of working16 hours at national living wage or national minimum wage?, or
  • You are in receipt of specific caring benefits

When to apply?

If eligible, your child could access the Childcare Offer from the term following their third birthday; please note that for those children eligible for the summer term the cut-off date is either the 31st March or Good Friday, whichever falls later.

Child’s Date of Birth When can I apply? * Please note there are no deadlines When can my child access the Childcare Offer? * Please note funding only starts after confirmed completion of both the Application and Individual Child Placement processes. Payment is not back dated to start of term
1st September 2015 to 31st December 2015 Apply now! Spring Term 2019 (7th January 2019 to 30th August 2020)
1st January 2016 to 19th April 2016 Apply now! Summer Term 2019 (29th April 2019 to 30th August 2020)
20th April 2016 to 31st August 2016 Apply now! Autumn Term 2019 (2nd September 2019 to 30th August 2020)
1st September 2016 to 31st December 2016 Apply now! Spring Term 2020 (6th January 2020 to 29th August 2021)
1st January 2017 to 10th April 2017 Apply now! Summer Term 2020 (20th April 2020 to 29th August 2021)
11th April 2017 to 31st August 2017 25/05/2020 Autumn Term 2020 (1st September 2020 to 29th August 2021)
1st September 2017 to 31st December 2017 26/10/2020 Spring Term 2021 (4th January 2021 to August 2022)

For School term dates please visit:,-term-dates-and-closures

How to apply

To apply you will need to complete an application form and return it to us. We will then check your eligibility and write to you to confirm if you are eligible. 

For further information on the process of applying for the Childcare Offer for Wales please click the link below:

Further information

For more information about the scheme and find out what childcare is available please contact the Caerphilly Family Information Service on 01443 863232 or email or visit the Welsh Government website

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