The Welsh Assembly Government wishes to ensure that all parents and carers in Wales can have access to free part time early years learning for their children from the beginning of the term following their 3rd birthday.
Funded Early Years education can take place in a variety of approved settings which include playgroups, Cylch Meithrin and day nurseries.
All providers must meet and keep to a set of criteria including staffing ratios and qualifications, to ensure that wherever the provision is, the quality and the learning opportunities are similar. The registered settings will be supported by the Powys Foundation Phase Team and inspected by Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW) and by Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales (ESTYN). The funding for places for 3 and 4 year olds is paid directly to the provider. View a list of approved settings here
What provision can I access?
Parents and carers may choose to send their child to up to 2 approved settings, provided there is a place available. Each qualifying child can receive up to 12.5 hours per week of funded Early Years Education.
How can I access a place?
To apply for a place at your chosen setting you will be required to complete a registration form (available from your chosen setting) and provide confirmation of eligibility, i.e. Birth Certificate, for verification by the setting.
This provision for 3 and 4 year olds is not obligatory - children are not required to attend, however once a parent has decided that they wish to secure a place for their child there will be an expectation that the child will attend. If Parents/carers choose not to use the whole of the 12.5 hours offered, the remaining time may be made available to other children.
You can also read more in this Welsh Government publication.