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

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 Flintshire School Holidays & Training Days for details.
ANNOUNCEMENT: New Expansion for the Childcare Offer for Wales, Flintshire!

The Childcare Offer for Wales will be rolled out to cover the whole of Flintshire from 1 May 2018, parents will be able to apply from 9 April 2018.

Apply now to receive the Offer from the 1 May 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Welsh Government has confirmed the Childcare Offer for Wales will now be accessible to all eligible parents throughout the whole of Flintshire.

From the 1 May 2018, all eligible working parents of 3-4 year old children living in Flintshire will be able to access up to 30 hours per week of combined Childcare and Early Years Foundation Phase Education through the Childcare Offer:

Parents will be able to check their eligibility and apply on-line for the Childcare Offer for Wales, Flintshire from the 9 April using the Flintshire County Council Childcare Offer Webpages in preparation for eligible children to receive childcare offer funding from 1 May 2018.

If you have any queries relating to the Childcare Offer for Wales, Flintshire, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the FISF on 01352 703500.

If you have any queries relating to the application online, please contact the Childcare Offer Team on 01352 703930 or email us at childcareofferapplications@flintshire.gov.uk

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

The Welsh Government has access to personal and special category data of parents, carers and children receiving services from local authorities.  Additionally, the Welsh Government has access to personal and sensitive data of childcare providers delivering services funded by the Welsh Government under the childcare offer

The collection and processing of this data is necessary to perform a public task (i.e. exercising our official authority to undertake the core role and functions of the Welsh Government). This 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.

What is personal and special category data?

Personal data is defined as information from which a living individual can be identified.

Special category data is defined as personal data consisting of detailed information relating to the data subject such as ethnic group, or health condition.

You, as either the parent or carer of such a child, or childcare provider delivering services to a child in receipt of the childcare offer have the right to be informed about what information Welsh Government have access to, its processing and uses of this data by Welsh Government.

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 not passed to the Welsh Government.
  • Your address
    • This not passed to the Welsh Government.
  • Information about benefits you are claiming that may entitle you to the childcare offer
    • This 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);
    • Gender
    • Ethnicity
    • Whether your child has a special educational need (SEN)
    • Your salary information
    • 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
    • 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 offer
    • The number of hours your child attends the hours booked under the childcare offer
    • The language provision of the childcare your child is accessing
    • Your preference of language provision for your child to access the offer
    • Your child’s attendance at Foundation Phase Nursery Provision
    • The Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) register number of the childcare provider(s) you are accessing the childcare offer at

The data outlined above is sent to Welsh Government and will not include your name or that of your child.

Childcare providers delivering services under 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:

  • Your contact details including – 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.

However, the data sent to Welsh Government will not include your name, unless your name is your business name, which is publically available.

How will the data be used by Welsh Government?

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.

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 unintentionally.

As part of its role as data controller for the data that is transferred to Welsh Government, Welsh Government may ask for your contact details and share these along with the data outlined in this notice, with non-government agencies and researchers, but only for statistical or research purposes.

As soon as is possible, data items collected through research purposes 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

Individuals have 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 (GDPR) 2018, 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 (GDPR) 2018, please write to us using the details below.

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

The Information Commissioners Office can be contacted on 01625 545297 or wales@ico.org.uk

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.