Early education - 10 hours free education

Your child may be eligible to receive 10 hours free education a week, the term after their third birthday. They must attend a playgroup or Day Nursery that is registered with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW) and with our Early Education programme. 

Who is eligible?

Children who have their 3rd birthday between 1st September 2017 and 9th January 2018 are eligible for funding from January 2017 to July 2017.

Children who have their 3rd birthday between 9th January 2018 and 9th April 2018 are eligible for funding from April 2017 to July 2017.

Children who have their 3rd birthday between 9th of April 2018 and August 2018 are not eligible for funding through this scheme. 

How to apply

If your child is eligible for funding, you will need to apply via the Day Nursery or playgroup. You will need to present ID to include child’s Birth or Adoption certificate and proof of address i,e utility bill. 

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How does it work?

If eligible, funding would be paid directly to the playgroup or day nursery for the term after your child's third birthday until the end of that academic year. Funding can not be provided for the following academic year.

Can funding be used for a full day of childcare?

No, the funding provides one daily education session, Monday to Friday in the morning or afternoon , similar to a school nursery. 

Can funding be split between settings? 

No, your child will only be allocated funding in one setting.

Does my child have to attend everyday?

No, but every setting must offer sessions from Monday to Friday and attending daily supports good transition to school.

If eligible, am I guaranteed a school nursery place?

No, you will need to apply for a school nursery place. Find out when and how to apply for a school nursery place.

More information

You may be entitled to financial support with your child's education from our Grants and funding section.