Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has praised the Welsh Labour Government for announcing the resumption of their Childcare Offer for Wales after the scheme was paused during the initial lockdown.
Free childcare for working parents of three- and four-year-olds is being brought back after it was suspended in April to allow funds to be redirected to support key workers’ childcare needs. The scheme will give eligible parents 30 hours of early years education and childcare per week for 48 weeks a year.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“With businesses looking to get back to work and bring employees back from home, we need to ensure that parents are supported with adequate and accessible childcare. The Welsh Labour Government has recognised that putting in place guidelines to allow businesses to reopen have little value if parents are unable to secure childcare for their children.”
To qualify, both parents or the parent in lone parent families must work, earn less than £100,000 per year, and earn at least the national minimum wage for 16 hours per week, on average. Parents who are self-employed or on zero-hour contracts may need to provide relevant documents to demonstrate their eligibility.
Further information about how to apply can be found on the Welsh Government’s website: gov.wales/childcare-3-and-4-year-olds.
“We are all looking to get back to something resembling normality and our children need that social interaction with other children and other adults which helps them to develop and grow.
“Bringing back the Childcare Offer for Wales in a safe way will help parents and children begin to move forward from the pandemic and allow parents to work and children to learn and play as I’m sure many are eager to do.”