Welsh Government have published the latest guidance on Coronavirus and Childcare settings with the latest frequently asked questions (FAQs) at: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-and-childcare-provision
The Education Minster sent a briefing following the announcement by the UK PM on 23.03.20 @ 20.30. “Schools and Childcare are still open to the children of critical workers”.
A summary of the pertinent points are:
Business Support from Welsh Government
There are a number of measures in place to support childcare providers across Wales as a result of COVID-19. For example:
The Welsh Government is keeping what further support businesses may require under close review.
Business Support from UK Government
The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. This currently does not include self-employed people such as Childminders , this is not clear if it includes Sole Traders, or those that are unincorporated partnership etc. This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme(all UK businesses are eligible)
You will need to:
[a furlough is a temporary leave of employees due to special needs of a company or employer, which may be due to economic conditions at the specific employer or in the economy as a whole.]
HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 (gross) per month. HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. Existing systems are not set up to facilitate payments to employers.
It is the decision of each individual setting whether they decide to pay their staff 100% of their salary or 80%. Any decision to pay the full salary from the outset can and should be reviewed regularly.
See template Furlough letter [bit.ly/Template-Furlough-Letter-3003]
Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees
It is expected that further support will be announced by the Chancellor in the coming days in relation to wage support for small businesses which will supplement the extensions to Statutory Sick Pay facilitated through a rebate scheme.
Crucially for Welsh Businesses, in addition to the support set out above, the Welsh Government has announced a £100m grant scheme, with details to be announced in the near future, to support businesses.
Working with Insurers for clarification
The Welsh Government acknowledges that, in many cases, the insurance that childcare providers will not cover them for income lost during COVID-19-related closures. There is a range of support for businesses to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on them. We are asking childcare providers to be reasonable and balanced in their dealings with parents. The Welsh Government is keeping what further support businesses may require under close review.
Other sources of information- please note some of this relates to English only organisations:
The First Minister has launched the Looking Out for Each Other campaign in Wales.
The Charity Commission has provided guidance on running your charity during the coronavirus crisis.
Current UK Government Guidance:
Unfortunately the Small Business Grant Scheme widely advertised in the media is only available to English businesses. CWLWM partners will work with Welsh Government to ensure that there is a scheme available to Welsh Childcare settings.Download PDF Tweet