Welsh Ministers have confirmed a £60 million investment in childcare infrastructure to make sure there are sufficient Childcare Offer places.
The investment in 115 new and refurbished childcare settings includes capital funding grants via local authorities of up to £10,000 for private and voluntary nurseries.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA Cymru, said: “We welcome the Welsh Government’s commitment to its Childcare Offer for Wales with this investment of £60m to expand the infrastructure needed to deliver it. We are pleased that the Welsh Government has listened to NDNA Cymru’s recommendation for grants to support private and voluntary sector childcare providers like day nurseries, enabling them to continue to provide flexibility and parental choice.
“NDNA Cymru has worked hard to secure support for nurseries in Wales through 100% Business Rate relief which comes in from April and the need to align the funding of Foundation Phase with the Childcare Offer. We continue to work with the Welsh Government to support the delivery of the Childcare Offer and ensure that private and voluntary nurseries remain an integral part of the future of childcare in Wales.”
Julie Morgan, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services (pictured right), made the announcement
She said: “I’m very pleased to announce the Welsh Government is giving the go-ahead to the development of 115 new or redeveloped childcare facilities across Wales, as part of a £60m capital investment programme to deliver our highly ambitious Childcare Offer.
“The investment we’re making will ensure the Childcare Offer is available to parents across Wales by ensuring there is sufficient childcare in the right areas, with a specific focus on developing new provision in areas that currently lack childcare services, in particular rural and disadvantaged areas.
“The investment will also support the growth and sustainability of the childcare sector across Wales, helping to create high-quality jobs in the sector.”