- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Press Releases
Mike Hedges AM welcomes news that Childcare Pilot projects underway
Mike said.. ‘This investment by the Welsh Government is to be welcomed. Early years work with young children is vital to ensuring a strong start in life. This commitment from the Welsh Government shows it understands the importance of the Early Years. The Swansea Pilot Project in Morriston will make a significant contribution to the life of the young people in this area. I look forward to visiting the project in the coming months to see the work undertaken’
Testing of the Welsh Labour Government’s Childcare Offer has begun in seven pilot areas across Wales.
Five pilot projects are underway in parts of Swansea, Flintshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly, while a sixth will be joint project in Gwynedd and Anglesey. They will test all aspects of the new Childcare Offer for Wales to ensure it will be accessible to parents and sustainable in the long-term once rolled out.
The offer will provide 30 hours a week of government funded early education and childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds in Wales, for up to 48 weeks of the year. The current free early education provided by Foundation Phase will form part of this offer.