The Childcare Offer for Wales

What is the offer?

  • Eligible children could be entitled to up to 20 hours of government funded childcare during term time in addition to the 10 hours already provided by the Foundation Phase every week.
  • During up to 9 weeks of school holidays, parents will be able to access up to 30 hours of funded childcare. 
  • Parents are able to choose any registered childcare setting that suits their personal and family circumstance, whether inside or outside of county, in agreement with the provider and the local authority. The childcare does not have to be delivered by the same provider as the Foundation Phase provision.  
  • Eligible children will be able to access the offer from the beginning of the term following their third birthday (please see dates below) until the September following their fourth birthday when they begin full-time education.


Date of Birth

Eligible for the Offer from:

Applications open:

01/09/2015 – 31/12/2016

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01/01/2017 – 31/03/2017

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01/04/2017 – 31/08/2017

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01/09/2017 - 31/12/2017

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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 and is able to access part time Foundation Phase Education
  • You live in Gwynedd, Anglesey or Conwy
  • You work and earn the equivalent of at least 16 hours at national living wage or national minimum wage; or are in receipt of specific caring benefits


How to apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, please complete the application form:

Application Form
Application Form Word

You will need to download the application form (above). You can either print and post it to the address noted on the bottom of the application form or return via e-mail to 

For a paper copy of the application form please contact the Gwynedd & Anglesey Childcare Unit on 01248 352436

You will be informed of the outcome of your application by email within 10 working days of receipt of the application.

Your eligibility for funded childcare will begin after you receive your confirmation letter.


More Information:

For more information on the offer, take a look at the summary below:

Or call us on:

Phone: 01248 352436


Parents are responsible for finding childcare that meets their requirements, however the Family Information Service can provide details of the childcare which is available in your area, please contact either:

Gwynedd Family Information Service

Teulu Môn