30 Hours funded Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

The Welsh Government has confirmed that working parents of 3 and 4 year olds in Denbighshire will be able to get 30 hours of funded childcare a week through the Childcare Offer for Wales.

Check if you're eligible and how to apply

You can check if you’re eligible and apply for the childcare allowance (either 20 or 17.5 hours) online at Flintshire county council’s website (Flintshire are processing applications on behalf of Denbighshire).

Check if you’re eligible and apply for childcare allowance (external website)

To speak to someone regarding your application for childcare allowance, you can contact Flintshire’s Childcare Offer Team on 01352 703930.

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What's available?

This offer provides government-funded childcare that includes Early Entitlement and Foundation Phase Nursery Provision for up to 48 weeks of the year.

Eligible children could be entitled to up to 20 free hours of government funded childcare during term time in addition to the 10 hours already provided by the Foundation Phase every week.

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.

SchemeLearning EntitlementChildcare Allowance
Early Entitlement 10 Hours 20 Hours
Foundation Phase
Nursery (school)
12.5 Hours 17.5 Hours

School holidays

The term time will be treated as 39 weeks, meaning the other 9 weeks of the 48 week offer will be treated as non-term time or ‘holiday provision’. During these 9 weeks holiday provision, eligible children will receive 30 hours of childcare.

The Welsh Government will not be specifying which of the 14 weeks non-term time are designated as the 9 weeks of holiday provision in order to allow flexibility for parents who are in different occupations, such as those who have to work over the summer or Christmas holidays. However parents would not be able to ‘stretch’ their entitlement across weeks or transfer unused hours across weeks.

Holiday entitlement

  • A child who is eligible to receive the offer for three terms will be entitled to receive up to 9 weeks of holiday weeks childcare during school holidays.
  • A child who is eligible to receive the offer for two terms will be entitled to receive up to 6 weeks of holiday weeks childcare during school holidays.
  • A child who is eligible to receive the offer for one term will of entitled to receive up to 3 weeks of holiday weeks childcare during school holidays.

Children born in autumn or spring terms may be eligible to receive the offer for more than one year, in such cases a new allocation of holiday provision will be given for the remainder of the time they are eligible to receive the offer at the beginning of the second year.

Who is eligible?

Eligible children will be able to access the offer from the beginning of the term following their third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday.

To be eligible for funded child care you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Your child is aged 3 or 4 years old
  • You live in Denbighshire
  • You permanently reside in Wales
  • Be employed of self-employed with both parents working in a 2 parent family or the sole parent working in a lone parent family
  • You must earn the equivalent of at least 16 hours per week national minimum wage or national living wage, but you or your partner must not be earning £100,000+ per year.

More information for parents

Find out more on the Welsh Government website (external website).