Childcare Offer for Wales – funding to continue during virus outbreak
The Welsh Government has announced that funding for the Childcare Offer for Wales will continue to be paid to local authorities and childcare settings who currently receive payments for children in their care, even where services are disrupted due to Coronavirus.
Childcare settings are not being required to close and will remain open for the time being. However, Welsh Government Ministers have agreed that where a setting is closed on medical advice, or if children are not able to attend due to Coronavirus, funding will still be made available.
Funding will also continue where staffing numbers fall to a level that the setting is no longer safe to operate.
Welsh Government Ministers also expect local authorities to maintain payments for childcare provided under Flying Start and for the provision of early education.
Announcing the decision, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, said:
‘I know this is a difficult time for our dedicated Childcare Offer and Flying Start childcare providers, I want to ensure that we limit the effect of coronavirus as much as possible to them. This is why the Welsh Government will continue to pay the Childcare Offer for Wales and for Flying Start childcare provision.’