Information for Parents

The Childcare Offer for Wales provides 30 hours a week of funded early education and childcare for eligible working parents of 3 to 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks of the year. The offer is available for children from the term after their third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday when they are offered a full-time education place.

The Offer consists of a combination of the existing Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) provision open to all 3 and 4 year olds, and additional funded childcare.

All applications for the Childcare Offer are processed by Neath Port Talbot Council’s Childcare Offer team.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Childcare Offer, you must:

  • Live in one of the following wards/electoral divisions: Aberavon, Baglan, Blaengwrach, Bryncoch, Cymmer, Glyncorrwg, Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Gwynfi, Lower Brynamman, Onllwyn, Pontardawe, Resolven, Tai-bach, Allt-wen, Cadoxton, Cimla, Crynant, Neath East, Sandfields East, Sandfields West, Tonna, Trebanos and Ystalyfera (you can check if you live in an eligible ward during the application process)
  • Have a child that is 3 or 4 years old
  • Earn on average a weekly minimum equivalent to, or more than, 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) but less than £100,000 per year. 

If you are in a single parent family you need to be working and if you are in a two parent family you both need to be working.

If you are self-employed or on a zero hours contract you need to be able to prove this by providing the relevant documents.

How to apply

To apply you need to complete an online application form. 

Please do not apply for the offer more than 12 weeks before your child’s start date. Any applications received before the 12 weeks will be rejected and a new application will have to be submitted.

Before you apply

Before starting your application, please follow the steps below:
Step 1
Please check with your chosen childcare provider(s) to ensure that they have registered to become a provider of the Childcare Offer for Neath Port Talbot. To check what childcare providers are currently registered, click here.

Step 2
As this registration form cannot be saved, please ensure you have the following information before you start and that all documents are saved as either a PDF or as an image file before starting the application.

  • Scan/photograph of your child's birth certificate.
  • Scans/photographs of parent's last three months wage slips.
  • Scan/photograph of a proof of residency, (e.g. most recent council tax statement, bank statement, utility bill, insurance document(s))
  • Agreed childcare providers hours and days
  • Employers contact details, including: Address, telephone number and email.
  • Scan/photograph of any Department for Work and Pensions letter or current employer’s letter that would qualify parents for the Childcare Offer if not currently in work.

Step 3 
Complete the online application form below.

It is important that you let us know immediately if the hours of childcare changes, you switch to another provider or your address or your work circumstances change. If you do not inform us the Offer funding could be lost.

You may receive an e-mail from us, from time to time, to confirm that your circumstances are still the same.

Further information is available on our 'questions for parents' page