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Childcare Offer Capital Grant Scheme
[18/06/2019]

Most of you will be aware of the Childcare Offer, whereby eligible parents can access up to 30 hours of free childcare for children aged 3 to 4. To support Care Inspectorate Wales registered childcare providers to offer quality places through the Childcare Offer, Welsh Government has provided a Capital Grant scheme, managed through each individual Local Authority. Some Local Authorities have already disseminated grant application forms to childcare settings in their area; others will be doing so shortly.

Grant funding can be awarded to settings to enable them to increase the number of places they are able to offer or to improve the quality of the facilities they offer.

In any one year the maximum amount can be awarded:

Childminders and those registered for 8 or fewer

£5,000

Childcare providers registered for 9 to 15 places

£7,500

Childcare providers registered for 16+ places

£10,000


Funding can be offeredfor various capital works that may be needed such as:

  • General refurbishment, including painting, replacing carpets, etc;
  • Improving the outdoor play facilities of a setting, such as replacing the outdoor play surface or providing a canopy;
  • Replacing / repairing fixtures and fittings such as toilets, kitchen facilities, windows, doors, etc;
  • Replacing worn equipment / furniture / toys which could potentially pose a health and safety risk. So for example a rusted outdoor climbing frame, broken or badly worn furniture, which could cause splinters; or a well used and tatty changing table, which can no longer be hygienically cleaned;
  • IT equipment provided it can be clearly shown that there is a need in order to deliver Childcare Offer places, this could include laptops, printers, etc;
  • Adaptations to the setting to improve access, etc; and
  • The provision of bespoke equipment / furniture which will enable a provider to accommodate a child with additional learning needs.

 

What cannot be funded

The grant funding is for capital purchases only, essentially something that has a resale value or improves the value of the property. It cannot be used to fund:

  • The purchase of consumables, such as paper, cleaning materials, nappies, etc;
  • Staff costs such as wages, training, travel and subsistence;
  • Utility bills such as gas, electric, rates;
  • The provision of WiFi;
  • Insurance costs e.g. building insurance, employer’s liability insurance, etc.

If you are currently offering Childcare Offer places through your Out of School Childcare Club, or are considering doing so, contact your Local Authority to find out more about the Capital Funding available, or your Regional Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs team.

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