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Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill

A Welsh Government Bill, introduced by Huw Irranca-Davies AM, Minister for Children and Social Care. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Children, Young People and Education Committee.


About the Bill


The Childcare Funding (Wales) 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.


Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum.


Current Stage

Stage 1

The Bill is currently at Stage 1. An explanation of the various stages of Assembly Bills is available in the Guide to the Stages of Public Bills and Acts.


Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales


The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.




Bill introduced: 16 April 2018

Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill, as introduced (PDF 79KB)


Explanatory Memorandum (PDF 1MB)


Presiding Officer’s Statement: 16 April 2018 (PDF 142KB)


Statement of Policy Intent (PDF 229KB)


Business Committee’s Report on the timetable for consideration of the Bill (PDF 55KB)


Bill Summary (PDF 2MB)


Stage 1: Committee considerations of general principles

Consultation Responses

Stage 1: Debate in Plenary on general principles

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Financial Resolution

In accordance with Standing Order 26.68 the Presiding Officer has indicated that a financial resolution is required for this Bill.  Further information about financial resolutions is available in section 3 of the Guide to scrutiny stages for Public Bills

Stage 2: Committee consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 3: Plenary consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 4: Passing of the Bill in Plenary

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Post-stage 4

This Stage has not yet been reached.


Contact information

Clerk: Llinos Madeley

Phone: 0300 200 6352


Postal address:

National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff, CF99 1NA


Email: SeneddCYPE@Assembly.Wales

Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Government Business;

Status: Stage 1

First published: 17/04/2018





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