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Wrexham Childcare Offer for 3 – 4 year olds (30 hours)

Wrexham Children will be able to access the Childcare Offer from the start of the term following their third birthday until the September after they turn 4. Please see Wrexham School Holidays & Training Days for details.

This offer applies to 30 hours of government-funded childcare that includes Early Entitlement and Foundation Phase Nursery Provision for three and four year olds of working parents for up to 48 weeks of the year. Eligible children will be able to access the offer from the beginning of the term following their third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday. 

The entitlement is as follows:

Entitlements
 Scheme Learning Entitlement Childcare Allowance
 Early Entitlement  10 hours per week  20 hours per week
 Foundation Phase Nursery  12.5 hours per week  17.5 hours per week

Childcare Offer holiday weeks entitlement during school holidays

Childcare Offer will provide working parents of 3-4 year olds with 30 hours of funded early education and childcare per week, up to 48 weeks of the year. The term time will be treated as 39 weeks, meaning the other 9 weeks of the 48 week offer will be treated as non-term time or ‘holiday provision’. During these 9 weeks holiday provision, eligible children will receive 30 hours of childcare only.

The Welsh Government will not be specifying which of the 14 weeks non-term time are designated as the 9 weeks of holiday provision in order to allow flexibility for parents who are in different occupations, such as those who have to work over the summer or Christmas holidays. However parents would not be able to ‘stretch’ their entitlement across weeks or transfer unused hours across weeks.

Please see following 9 weeks pro-rota holiday entitlement:

  • A child who is eligible to receive the offer for three terms will be entitled to receive 9 weeks of holiday weeks childcare during school holidays.
  • A child who is eligible to receive the offer for two terms will be entitled to receive 6 weeks of holiday weeks childcare during school holidays.
  • A child who is eligible to receive the offer for one term will of entitled to receive 3 weeks of holiday weeks childcare during school holidays.

Children born in autumn or spring terms may be eligible to receive the offer for more than one year, in such cases a new allocation of holiday provision will be given for the remainder of the time they are eligible to receive the offer at the beginning of the second year.

Please note, once a child begins fulltime education following their fourth birthday (September after their 4th birthday) they are no longer entitled to the childcare offer.

Privacy Notice

In order to apply for the childcare offer you will need to read and agree to the following terms and conditions:

Personal data will be processed by Flintshire County Council for the specific purposes of administering, monitoring and processing your registration for the Childcare Offer. This may relate to the parent/s or child. The processing of your personal data is undertaken as a ‘public task’ on behalf of Welsh Government. The statutory basis for this Funding is sections 70 and 71 (1) of the Government of Wales Act (GOWA) 2006, along with section 28 of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.

Flintshire County Council may share your data with other local authorities, the National Health Service, the Police, and family support and early years’ services and partners if this is necessary to carry out its duties to promote wellbeing and welfare. From time to time we may send you information for survey to help evaluate the implementation and delivery of the Childcare Offer.

Some of the information held about you will be shared with the Welsh Government. This will help them to carry out research to improve the care and support provided to you and other people in Wales. The information will be shared lawfully and will only be used by the Welsh Government for research in support of official business. Please see below to read more about what information is shared and how it will be used. For research purposes, we will ensure that data is anonymised before any research takes place. Sharing of anonymised data is outside the GDPR.

Flintshire County Council will retain your information until the child is 18 in line with our retention schedule. If you feel Flintshire County Council has mishandled your personal data at any time you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioners Office by visiting their website or calling their helpline on 03031231113. The information in the Childcare Offer Privacy Notice (the Offer) will be kept under review to incorporate any further changes communicated by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

For further information about how Flintshire County Council processes personal data and your rights please see our privacy notice on our website - http://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Resident/Contact-Us/Privacy-Notice.aspx or request a copy from the Council

Welsh Government Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice: Monitoring Information of Parents, Children and Providers using the Childcare Offer

What personal data do we hold and where do we get this information?

Personal data is defined under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as ‘any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified by reference to an identifier’. Special category data such as ethnic group or health condition has additional protection under data protection law.

The Welsh Government has access to personal and special category data of parents, carers and children receiving services from local authorities.  The data that we regularly receive on parents, carers and children is explained in detail in Annex 1 to this privacy notice. Your name and contact details are not regularly passed to Welsh Government for monitoring with the data outlined in Annex 1. However, your name and contact details will be provided to Welsh Government by your Local Authority when needed for evaluation purposes. Your child’s name will not be provided.

Additionally, the Welsh Government has access to personal data of childcare providers delivering services funded by the Welsh Government under the childcare offer. The data that we regularly receive on child care providers is explained in detail in Annex 2 to this privacy notice. The Welsh Government will not share your name with a third party e.g. non-government agencies and researchers unless your name is your business name which is publically available.

The Childcare Offer programme is periodically evaluated to assess the performance of the programme and help Welsh Ministers make decisions relating to the development of the policy in relation to the Childcare Offer. If you are contacted to take part in research activities related to the Childcare Offer you will be issued a separate Privacy Notice outlining how information generated by the research will be collected, held and used. Taking part in research is voluntary and you will not be identified in any reports.

Your data is linked anonymously to other data sources as part of the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) databank for non commercial research purposes only, unless you ask for this linkage to not take place (see the explanatory note). 

What is the lawful basis for using your data?

The lawful basis for processing information in this data collection exercise is our public task; that is, exercising our official authority to undertake the core role and functions of the Welsh Government. Some of the data we are collecting are called ‘special category data’ (in this case ethnicity) and the lawful basis for processing this information is that it is for statistical or research purposes.

This enables the operation of, and provides information which will help the Welsh Ministers to make decisions relating to the development of the policy in relation to, the Childcare Offer which is being delivered to improve economic and social well-being in Wales in accordance with section 60 of the Government of Wales Act 2006.

The data sent to Welsh Government will be used:

  • to measure how well Welsh Government and Local Authorities are delivering their services to you and your child;
  • to support improvements to these services;
  • to allocate money to Local Authorities and others; or
  • to support wider research into the provision of services to you and your child, or others;
  • to link data from this form to other data sources for the purpose of evaluating the impact of the project on the individuals who take part.

The data sent to Welsh Government will not be used by them:

  • to take any action in relation to you or your child, or your childcare setting; nor
  • to identify you or your child in any reports.
How secure is your personal data? 

Personal data is transferred via Objective Connect, a secure data transfer system. Data is stored within folders on secure networks which have access restricted to Welsh Government officials working on the Childcare Offer.

All data gathered will be reported in an anonymised format when used in statistical or research reports. No reports will contain your contact details nor any information that could be used to identify individuals. Aggregate data will also be placed on the StatsWales data website, available here:

http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/?topic=People+and+communities&lang=en 

When the Welsh Government commissions an evaluation of the Childcare Offer this work will be carried out by an accredited third party (e.g. a research organisation or a consultancy company). Any such work will only be undertaken under contract. Welsh Government’s standard terms and conditions for such contracts set out strict requirements for the processing and safekeeping of personal data.

How long do we keep your personal data? 

Any personal data transferred to Welsh Government will be deleted three years after the date it was received.

The NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) based in Swansea University also have access to a part of your personal data for a period of three months, until the data linking with Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) is complete.

Individual rights 

Under GDPR, you have the following rights in relation to the personal information you provide as part of the Childcare Offer for Wales you have the right:

  • To access  a copy of your own data;
  • For us to rectify inaccuracies in that data;
  • To object to or restrict processing (in certain circumstances);
  • For your data to be ‘erased’ (in certain circumstances); and
  • To lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who is our independent regulator for data protection.

The contact details for the Information Commissioner’s Office are: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Phone: 01625 545 745 or 0303 123 1113. Website: www.ico.gov.uk

Further informationIf you have any further questions about how your data will be used by the Welsh Government or wish to exercise your rights using the General Data Protection Regulation, please contact:

Childcare Offer Team
CP2, Crown Buildings
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ
Email: Talkchildcare@gov.wales 

The Welsh Government’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted at: 

Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ, 
Email: DataProtectionOfficer@gov.wales.

We explain on our website how the Freedom of Information Act and data protection law interact. More information is available here: https://gov.wales/requesting-information-welsh-government-html 

Explanatory note 

The SAIL Databank is a databank of anonymised data about the population of Wales, which is internationally recognised for the robust secure storage and use of anonymised person-based data for research to improve health, well-being and services. Respondents are able to opt out of having their answers linked. For more information on how to do that or on data linking, please visit: https://gov.wales/linking-and-matching-data-privacy-notice

Annex 1:

Which data does Welsh Government have access to?

Parents of children taking up the childcare offer- Eligibility checking 

Local authorities ask for details of you, as either the parent or carer of such child, or children and the children receiving services under the childcare offer to check your eligibility to receive the offer against eligibility criteria as set by the Welsh Government. This includes;

  • Your working hours and wage
    • This information is also passed to Welsh Government by the Local authority anonymously, which means this data will not include your name or that of your child.

  • The date of birth of the child you are applying to receive the childcare offer for
    • This information is also passed to Welsh Government by the Local authority anonymously, which means this data will not include your name or that of your child.

  • Your address
    • Your postcode is passed to Welsh Government by the Local authority anonymously, which means this data will not include your name or that of your child.

  • Information about benefits you are claiming that may entitle you to the childcare offer
    • This is not passed to the Welsh Government.
Parents / Carers of, and children taking up the childcare offer

Local authorities provide details of you, as either the parent or carer of such child, or children and the children receiving services under the childcare offer from them to Welsh Government, and this includes:

  • Data about your child and you as the parent(s)/carer(s);
    • Gendero Date of Birtho Postcodeo Local authorityo Ethnicityo Whether your child has a special educational need (SEN)
    • Your salary informationo Your average weekly hours worked
    • Whether you accessed any Flying Start services – no information on what services collected

  • Basic details of the services provided to you and your child prior to taking up the childcare offer;
    • Your rating of affordability of childcare prior to taking up the childcare offer o Your monthly average spend on childcare prior to taking up the childcare offer
    • The number of hours of paid childcare you used on average each week prior to taking up the offer
    • The number of hours of unpaid childcare you used on average each week prior to taking up the offer 
  • Basic details of the services provided to you and your child in taking up the childcare offer;
    • The number of hours you have applied for the child under the childcare offero The number of hours your child attends the hours booked under the childcare offer
    • The language provision of the childcare your child is accessing o Your preference of language provision for your child to access the offer
    • Your child’s attendance at Foundation Phase Nursery Provisiono The Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) register number of the childcare provider(s) you are accessing the childcare offer at 
Annex 2

Childcare providers delivering services under the childcare offer Local authorities provide details of you as a provider delivering services under the childcare offer to Welsh Government, and this includes:

  • Your contact details including – name, telephone number, email address and postal address and Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) registration number
  • The language provision of your setting as self-declared to the local authorities and to Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)
  • The number of hours that each child receiving the childcare offer in your setting have booked with you and how many hours they have actually attended
  • Any additional costs which parents have incurred through taking up the offer at your setting including; food costs, travel costs, and any additional hours they take up at your setting on top of the childcare offer. 

I understand that Wrexham County Borough Council may ask me to supply further information in order to make me a Childcare Offer.

I understand that if I participate in the government-funded childcare offer I may be contacted by researchers appointed by the Welsh Government and information may be used as detailed above.

I have read and agree with the statements above and agree to the Data Protection statement.


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