The Welsh Government has announced that £60m will be invested into more free childcare.

The funding will be spent on 115 new and redeveloped childcare settings to ensure parents in all areas will have access to 30 hours free childcare for three- and four-year-olds for up to 48 weeks of the year.

More than 5,000 eligible children are already benefitting from the scheme.

Parents will be offered 20 hours free childcare on top of the existing 10 hours of early education provision.

The Welsh Government also ensured that by April 2019, there will be childcare provision in all Welsh council areas.

Local authorities will also operate the Small Grants Scheme to support childcare providers and give them access to up to £10,000 to carry out work on their premises.

The 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.”

Story by: NorthWalesLive

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