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Childcare Offer for 3 to 4 year olds (30 hours)

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.

Data Protection Statement

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

Your data will be processed by Flintshire County Council only for the specific purposes of administering and processing your registration for the Childcare Offer.  Information collected from you may be used in the following ways:

  • To monitor and report on the number of individuals taking part in the childcare offer and the number of people from different groups being supported (e.g. different ages, genders and ethnicities);
  • By approved social research organisations, to carry out research and/or analysis; and
  • To link data from this application form to other data sources for the purpose of evaluating the impact the project has had on the individuals who take part.
  • Flintshire County Council may share your data with other local authorities, the Welsh Government and approved social research organisations to carry out research and/or analysis.

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you certain rights in respect of the personal data held about you. Whilst not intending to be exhaustive, examples of these rights include:

  • The right to receive copies of the personal data we or the Welsh Government holds about you (you may have to pay a small fee for this), although some information can sometimes be legitimately withheld.
  • The right, in some circumstances, to prevent the processing of personal data if doing so will cause damage or distress.
  • The right to ask for wrong information to be corrected.
  • The right to ask the Information Commissioner, who enforces and oversee the Act, to assess whether or not the processing of your personal data is likely comply with the provisions of the Act.

Flintshire County Council will retain information submitted on the Registration Form for the current year plus 6 years.  

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  If you feel that Flintshire County Council have mishandled your personal data at any time you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioners Office by visiting their website or by calling their helpline on 0303 123 1113.

Welsh Government Privacy Notice

PRIVACY NOTICE FOR THE MONITORING INFORMATION RETURNS FOR SERVICES USED OF THE CHILDCARE OFFER

The Welsh Government has access to personal and sensitive data of parents, carers and children receiving services from local authorities.

The collection of this data is necessary to enable the operation of, and to provide 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.

Personal data is defined by the Data Protection Act 1998 as information from which a living individual can be identified.

Sensitive personal data is defined by section 2 of the Data Protection Act as personal data consisting of detailed information relating to the data subject such as gender, ethnic group, or health condition.

You, as either the parent or carer of such a child, have the right to be informed about the processing and uses of this data by Welsh Government.

Which data does Welsh Government have access to?

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 will include:

  • personal and sensitive personal information about you and your child, such as date of birth, gender, ethnic group, and special educational need status;
  • basic details of the service provided to you (or your child) and why these are provided;

However, the data sent to Welsh Government will not include your name or that of your child.

How will the data be used by WG?

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; nor
  • to identify you or your child in any reports.

The data sent to Welsh Government will be held securely by it and it will only be shared with others under strict controls. It will never be shared in such a way that would allow you or your child to be identified.

As part of its role as data controller for the data that is transferred to Welsh Government, Welsh Government may share the data provided to it with non-government agencies and researchers, but only for statistical or research purposes. In every case, data items which could identify individuals will be removed and any such disclosures will be approved and controlled by an appropriate WG data access agreement which will:

  • ensure secure transfer, storage and eventual destruction of the data;
  • limit the use to the specific requirement identified; and only allow the data to be stored for the duration of the research project

Results from analyses carried out using the data but using aggregated totals may be made available in statistical or research publications released via the WG website and also via data placed on the StatsWales data website, available here:

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

Your Rights

The Data Protection Act (1998) gives individuals certain rights in respect of the personal data held on them. Whilst not intending to be exhaustive, examples of these rights include:

  • the right to ask for and receive copies of the personal data the Welsh Government holds about you (you may have to pay a small fee for this), although some information can sometimes be legitimately withheld
  • the right, in some circumstances, to prevent the processing of personal data if doing so will cause damage or distress
  • the right to ask for wrong information to be put right
  • You also have the right to ask the Information Commissioner, who enforces and oversees the Data Protection Act 1998, to assess whether or not the processing of your personal data is likely to comply with the provisions of the Act.

Further information

If you have any further questions about how data about you (or your child) will be used by Welsh Government, wish to withdraw consent to prevent the processing of your personal data, or if you have any concerns about the accuracy of personal data or wish to exercise any of your rights under the Data Protection Act 1998, please write to us using the details below.

Hannah Thomas
CP2, Crown Buildings
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ
Tel: 0300 025 0508
email: Hannah.Thomas018@wales.gsi.gov.uk

The Welsh Government’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted at Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ. Email: DataProtectionOfficer@wales.gsi.gov.uk

The Information Commissioners Office can be contacted on 01625 545745.

The Freedom of Information Act and Your Information

The Welsh Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). This means that some information held on you is potentially disclosable if it is captured within the scope of an FOI request. Should any information you have supplied to us be caught by such a request Welsh Government would normally consult you and seek your views on what harm, if any, would arise from the release of the information into the public domain


I understand that Flintshire County 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.