Childcare Offer in Cardiff

Childcare Offer in Cardiff 





The Childcare Offer will be available across all Cardiff wards from January 2019. Parents will be able to make applications from December 1st, 2018.

The Childcare Offer for Wales provides 30 hours a week of government-funded early education and childcare for eligible working parents of 3 to 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks of the year.

A child that turns three between: Can access the Offer from:
1st September – 31st December Spring Term (January)
1st January – 31st March Summer Term (April)
1st April – 31st August Autumn Term (September)


Please note, the offer will start from the first day of the school term set by the Local Authority.

Can I apply?

You are eligible for the childcare offer if you:

  • have a child of the relevant age (from term after their 3rd birthday until they start in full time school)
  • are working and earning at least the equivalent of 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage, up to £100,00 more details here
  • Live in the wards identified. Early implementation in Cardiff up to the end of December 2018 is only in the following wards:
    • Grangetown
    • Butetown
    • Riverside
    • Adamsdown
    • Cathays
    • Plasnewydd
    • Caerau
    • Splott
    • Ely
    • Llanrumney

How does the offer work?
Term-time (39 weeks of the year)

  • 12½ hours per week ‘Foundation Phase’ Nursery (Early Education)
  • 17½ hours per week ‘Childcare Offer’ (childcare) 

This combines to provide 30 hours per week education and childcare.

School Holiday time (9 weeks of the year)

  • 30 hours per week ‘Childcare Offer’ (childcare)

Frequently Asked Questions for parents in pilot areas can be found here.

Unsure of which area/council ward you live in?
Visit My Cardiff, enter your postcode in the My House tab and click “find”

If you use social media you may find this page useful.

You can also e-mail the Cardiff Childcare Offer team at

Where will I be able to find my registered Childcare Offer provider?
To find details of the Care Inspectorate for Wales registered childcare providers in your area who are registered to deliver the Childcare Offer please click here.

To make an Application for the Childcare Offer please click here.

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