Communities & Children’s Secretary to launch #TalkChildcare campaign in Deeside today
Communities and Children’s Secretary Carl Sargeant will be in Connah’s Quay today to launch a new campaign called #TalkChildcare.
The aim is to give parents an opportunity to highlight what childcare issues are important to them.
Carl Sargeant said he is keen to hear the views of parents and learn about their experiences of childcare to inform the development of the offer.
As part of the #TalkChildcare campaign, parents will be encouraged to give feedback on their experiences via surveys and social media.
Work is already underway to develop and deliver the offer with the aim of rolling out the first pilot schemes in September 2017.
Carl Sargeant AM said:
“Childcare enables parents to work, supporting the drive to increase economic growth, tackle poverty and reduce inequalities.
It also provides opportunities and long term benefits for our children and improves their life chances.
This is why developing an enhanced flexible childcare offer for Wales is a top priority for the Welsh Government.
We want to deliver a better deal on childcare for parents, for business, and for the economy.
Our childcare offer will provide 30 hours free childcare a week for working parents of three and four year olds, 48 weeks of the year.
We are determined to get it right which is why we are keen to hear the views of parents.
I want to involve parents in developing this childcare offer over the next couple of years so that we find the most effective model for the delivery of quality childcare.
Launching the #TalkChildcare campaign today is an important step forward in developing our childcare offer.”
Talk childcare – The offer for Wales:
What will the offer be?
The Welsh Government intend to provide 30 hours a week of free early education and childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds in Wales, for 48 weeks of the year.
The current free early education provided by Foundation Phase will form part of this offer.
A new childcare offer aims to be as clear and easy to access as possible so that parents can continue to choose the providers that best suit their needs.
When will it become available?
Once the offer is developed, it will be tested in some local authority areas from the autumn of 2017 to make sure it works for parents and childcare providers, followed by wider roll-out.
How can I get involved?
The Welsh Government want to hear the views of parents to learn about your experiences of childcare and involve you in developing our offer.
You can share your experiences with below:
- I have a child who is under 3 years old
- I have a child who is 3-4 years old
- I’d like to share my experience from when my child was 3-4 years old
Alternatively contact The Welsh Government directly at: TalkChildCare@wales.gsi.gov.uk or write to them at:
Childcare Offer Team
2nd Floor North
Keep a look out for #TalkChildcare on social media to join in with the online conversation.