Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation
The Children, Young People and Education Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the general principles of the Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill (the Bill).
The Bill gives the Welsh Ministers the power to provide funding for childcare for qualifying children of working parents and to make regulations about the arrangements for administering and operating such funding.
The Bill is intended to facilitate the delivery of a key commitment in the Welsh Labour manifesto Together for Wales (2016) , which is to provide 30 hours per week of government funded early education and childcare to the working parents of three and four year olds in Wales for up to 48 weeks per year (this is referred to in the Explanatory Memorandum accompanying the Bill as ‘the Offer’).
All eligible 3 and 4 year old children (from the term after their third birthday) are entitled to a minimum of 10 hours early education per week during term time over 39 weeks of the year. The Offer builds on this universal entitlement and provides up to a total of 30 hours early education and care per week over 48 weeks of the year for the 3 and 4 year olds of working parents.
The Bill relates to the childcare element of the Offer and is therefore concerned with the funding that will be provided in respect of the eligible children of working parents.
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