What is the Childcare Offer?

Childcare Offer Home Page

1. What is the Childcare Offer?

2. When can I apply and access the Offer? 

3. Who can apply/Am I Eligible?

4. Exceptions to Eligibility

5. Holiday Entitlement

6. List of Childcare Offer Providers in Monmouthshire

7. Childcare Offer Contact Details

8. Online Application





The Childcare Offer for Wales is a Welsh Government funded scheme providing up to 30 hours a week of education and childcare for eligible working parents of 3 to 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks of the year.


Eligible parents will be allowed to take up their childcare with any registered childcare provider that suits their personal and family circumstance, whether inside or outside of the county, so long as the setting is registered with CIW (or Ofsted if the setting is in England) and has agreed to take part in the offer.


The Offer is a maximum of 30 hours a week of early education and childcare for eligible working parents of 3 to 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks of the year.

During term time the 30 hours will consist of a combination of the existing FPN provision open to all 3 to 4 year olds and the additional funded childcare for eligible families. During the 9 weeks of holiday entitlement, the full 30 hours can be taken up as childcare.

Foundation Phase Nursery provision can be accessed in an LA Nursery or with a non-maintained approved provider. Parents are not required to access their early education entitlement as a prerequisite to them accessing the childcare element of the offer, however, their entitlement during term time will include these hours whether they access them or not.


Parents can access funding with a maximum of two registered childcare providers in addition to their Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) setting in any given day.

During the holiday period a child may access funding with a maximum of two registered providers under the offer.


The parent can access the childcare element of the Offer at any point they wish, however, it is the responsibility of the parent to find childcare providers who can accommodate the requirements.


Parents are unable to accrue hours.  Parents will be provided with a total of 30 hours a week of combined FPN provision and childcare with parents choosing how much of the 30 hours to take up.  Any hours not used in a week will be lost.


The Childcare Offer will cover up to 48 weeks per year.  Foundation Phase Nursery Provision is available for 39 weeks per year; therefore eligible parents will be able to access 30 hours of childcare for the remaining 9 weeks of the year. 

Eligible parents can access their 9 weeks of holiday provision whenever they choose, however, it is the parent's responsibility to find a provider that offers the provision that best suits their needs.  Parents will need to access their provision in week long blocks.  Hours of childcare cannot be accrued across weeks. 


All Childcare providers will receive a rate of £4.50 per hour for children receiving the offer. This rate excludes food. Providers can therefore charge additional fees to parents for food; however, this cannot exceed more than £7.50 per day. Providers can also charge for activities and transport, such as trips off site that may incur an additional cost or pick ups/drop offs.

Providers cannot charge hourly top-up rates if they would normally charge more than £4.50 per hour.

Please note that deposits/retainers/holiday pay (for childminders) may still apply and you should talk to your childcare provider about this before entering a contract with them.