Neath Port Talbot Council has welcomed today’s announcement by Welsh Government to expand its pioneering Childcare Offer to the area.
From September 2018, families in Neath Port Talbot will be among those in Wales able to claim 30 hours of Government funded early education and childcare for up to 48 weeks of the year as part of the new Childcare Offer for Wales.
The offer will be made available on a phased approach with the delivery proposed in the following electoral wards: Tai-Bach, Resolven, Baglan, Aberavon, Pontardawe, Blaengwrach, Onllwyn, Bryncoch South, Glyncorrwg, Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Cymer and Lower Brynamman.
Councillor Anthony Taylor, deputy leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, said:
“I am pleased that Welsh Government have decided to expand the Childcare Offer to areas in Neath Port Talbot.
“Providing early education and childcare opportunities will help to ensure children are ready for learning when they begin full-time school. Through this offer, the Council can strengthen its commitment to give children the best start possible in life.
“In addition to this, the offer will also make a real difference in removing the cost barrier for those parents who want to return to work. I’m sure the childcare offer will be welcomed by those who qualify.”
Welsh Government Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies said:
“Our ground-breaking Childcare Offer is making a real difference to parents right across Wales, reducing the strain on family income and helping ensure childcare is not a barrier to them taking up employment or increasing their hours.
“I’m delighted to confirm the offer is being rolled out across Neath Port Talbot, as we continue the work to roll out the offer across the entire country by September 2020.”
The Childcare Offer will be eligible to parents who live within one of the selected areas, have a child who is 3 or 4 years old, and earn on average a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) or more.
If you are in a lone parent family you need to be working and if you are in a two parent family you both need to be working. If you are self-employed or on a zero hours contract you need to be able to prove this by providing the relevant documents.
Further information about eligibility and how to apply for the scheme will be made available to parents in July. Childcare providers interested in delivering the offer can contact The Childcare Offer Team for more information by emailing email@example.com .