Talk Childcare update
The Welsh Government wants to hear from childcare providers and parents in shaping their childcare offer.
The Welsh Government have now committed to offering working parents of three and four-year-olds free childcare on top of the Early Years Foundation Phase - to provide a total of 30 hours a week of free early education and childcare, for 48 weeks of the year.
They want the offer to be as clear and easy to access as possible, for parents and providers. It must also allow parents to continue to choose the providers that best suit their circumstances; as long as they are registered with CSSIW and therefore meet the national minimum standard for registered childcare.
Once the offer is developed, it will be tested in some local authority areas from the autumn of 2017 to make sure it works for parents and childcare providers, followed by wider roll-out.
How you can get involved
The Welsh Government will be looking at the information collated through the Self Assessment of Service Statement (SASS) which was sent out by CSSIW and should have been completed by all registered childcare providers. They also want to hear about your direct experiences of delivering childcare and test with you how the childcare offer could work and what it will take to deliver the offer in your local area.
The recently launched #TalkChildcare campaign gives you a voice and the opportunity to let the government know what issues are important to you in delivering flexible childcare and running a sustainable business.
As part of Talk Childcare, Welsh Government will be meeting with umbrella bodies, representative groups and providers to discuss the potential and implications of the childcare offer. These opportunities will be promoted through NDNA’s website, so look out for opportunities to get involved.
In the meantime, you can contact the Welsh Government at any time by e-mailing:
You can also write to Talk Childcare at: Childcare Offer Team, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, 2nd Floor North, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ.
The Welsh Government would like to hear if parents and guardians know or knew of the childcare options available to them and where they go or went to find out about them, what childcare arrangements they have or had, how childcare supported or supports them to manage work commitments, what can make childcare plans or arrangements complicated or difficult, and if the childcare available in your local area is or was meeting parents' and guardians' childcare needs. Share these survey links with your parents:
Find out more about the childcare offer on the the Welsh Government's website in English and Welsh, and click to download the bilingual flyer below: