Ministers confirm £60m Welsh Government investment in 115 new and refurbished childcare settings across Wales
The Welsh Government has given the go-ahead for investment in 115 new or re-developed childcare settings across Wales to help ensure parents in every part of the country can access its highly ambitious Childcare Offer, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan announced today.
The facilities are being developed as part of a £60m capital investment programme in the childcare sector.
Ministers are committed to providing 30 hours a week of government-funded early education and childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks of the year. The 30 hours is made up of the existing minimum of 10 hours of Foundation Phase and up to 20 hours of childcare with a registered provider.
The Childcare Offer is currently being rolled-out across Wales, and will be available across the country by next year. More than 5,000 eligible children are already benefitting from the offer.
The projects awarded funding will focus primarily on supporting the co-location of existing Foundation Phase education provision with the new Childcare Offer provision on a single site, wherever possible. This will make it as easy as possible for parents to access wrap-around care.
The funding will either help establish new childcare settings or refurbish existing ones to ensure they meet the required standard that would be expecting of a setting delivering the Welsh Government’s Childcare Offer.
Local authorities have also secured funding to enable them to operate a Small Grants Scheme in their area, which will enable private and voluntary sector childcare providers to access up to £10,000 of capital funding to carry out work on their premises.
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan said:
“I’m very pleased to announce the Welsh Government is giving the go-ahead to the development of 115 new or redeveloped childcare facilities across Wales, as part of a £60m capital investment programme to deliver our highly ambitious Childcare Offer.
“The investment we’re making will ensure the Childcare Offer is available to parents across Wales by ensuring there is sufficient childcare in the right areas, with a specific focus on developing new provision in areas that currently lack childcare services, in particular rural and disadvantaged areas."
“The investment will also support the growth and sustainability of the childcare sector across Wales, helping to create high-quality jobs in the sector.”
Of the projects approved, £33m - nearly 47% of the grants being awarded - are being allocated to Welsh medium childcare settings. This is designed to help deliver the Welsh Government’s ‘Cymraeg 2050’ strategy, which involves delivering its aim of 1m Welsh speakers by 2050.
Minister for the Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan added:
“Expanding Welsh-medium provision in the early years as an access point for Welsh-medium education is a vital part of the vision set out in Cymraeg 2050. I’m delighted that the Welsh Government are making a significant investment in the sector.
“This will allow existing Welsh-medium settings to expand the range services they can offer as well as provide facilities for new settings, enabling greater numbers of children to start their Welsh language journey.”
- More than £2.5m for Anglesey to develop 7 projects, including a childcare setting in Ysgol Santes Dwynwen;
- £2.7m for Denbighshire for 4 projects, including the relocation of two Cylch Meithrin from unsuitable premises in Rhyl.
Mid and West Wales
More than £1.8m for Ceredigion to develop 3 projects, including nearly £800,000 to ensure a childcare setting is installed in a new Welsh medium school in Aberaeron.
South West Wales
Nearly £3.3m for Neath Port Talbot to develop 7 projects across the County, including a new childcare setting at a Welsh medium primary school in Neath.
South East Wales
- Nearly £5m for Caerphilly to develop 10 projects, including four Welsh medium childcare settings;
- More than £1.7m for the Vale of Glamorgan to develop 3 projects, including a new childcare setting at Gladstone Primary School.
Latest News from
Engaging young people early key to creating cohesive communities18/10/2019 11:15:00
As we mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week the Welsh Government has announced a new scheme to help school children in Wales and their teachers learn to better identify and respond to hate speech and misinformation, and to ensure schools nurture ethical, informed citizens who contribute to a more cohesive society.
£4 million boost for 5G research in Wales18/10/2019 10:15:00
Wales is set to become a global leader in 5G technology following the announcement of a new Digital Centre of Excellence, supported by nearly £4 million EU funds.
£45,000 grant for Egni Co-op to install solar panels across Wales18/10/2019 08:10:00
Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has visited Wales’ largest community-owned wind energy project, Awel Aman Tawe windfarm near Pontardawe, to find out more about their work on climate change, funded by their income form the wind project.
Health Minister launches ambitious new plan to halt obesity rise in Wales17/10/2019 14:20:00
The Health Minister, Vaughan Gething yesterday outlined plans to make Wales’ one of the first countries to see obesity rates decline.
Two businesses reaping the benefits of Healthy Working Wales support to improve mental health and wellbeing of staff17/10/2019 11:05:00
Two Welsh businesses are reaping the benefits of support from Healthy Working Wales to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their staff.
Wales may be a small nation, but we have a big ambition – Lesley Griffiths17/10/2019 09:05:00
We must all be part of the solution and pledge to combat climate change, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths yesterday urged in a rallying call at a climate change conference at City Hall.
Cardiff City footballers back life-saving CPR campaign16/10/2019 14:05:00
On Restart A Heart Day, players from Cardiff City Football Club are joining forces with local school pupils to back Save A Life Cymru’s mission to boost the number of people in Wales who can perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Work to tackle rough sleeping this winter announced15/10/2019 14:05:00
Following the publication of the first report from the Homelessness Action Group, Housing Minister Julie James has committed to immediate action in response to their short-term recommendations to help more rough sleepers off the streets this winter.
What is the Welsh Government doing to tackle climate change?15/10/2019 09:05:00
On the 29th of April 2019 we became one of the first nations in the UK to declare a climate emergency.