Funding and Grants for Childcare Providers

Information on funding and grants available for childcare providers in the Vale of Glamorgan


  • Tax Free Childcare Scheme

    Tax-free childcare is a new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare. 


    Eligible parents with children under 12 can get up to £2,000 per child, per year, towards their childcare costs (or up to £4,000 for disabled children under 17).


    Childcare Choices has put together all of the information that childcare providers need to know, including a Communications Toolkit and Video Clip from providers already signed up for the Tax Free Childcare Scheme:



    Find out how to sign up to Tax-Free Childcare and get a childcare provider account to receive payments from parents using the scheme:

  • The Childcare Offer for Wales 

    The Childcare Offer for Wales provides 30 hours a week of Government funded early education and childcare for eligible working parents of 3 and 4 year olds in Wales, for up to 48 weeks of the year will be rolled out across Wales in September 2020, with more pilot areas being added before then.


    Currently, this offer is being rolled out across parts of Wales, and although the Vale of Glamorgan is not currently one of these areas, the initiative is being rolled out across the whole of Wales by the end of this assembly term.


    We are putting together a mailing list for anyone wishing to receive updates about the Childcare Offer:



  • Sustainability Grants 

    bigstock-Illustration-of-Kids-Making-Ma-65758264The Vale of Glamorgan Early Years Development & Childcare Partnership (EYDCP) has set aside funding for grants to registered childcare settings.



    The most recent full Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) was completed in March 2016 in line with the Childcare Act 2006. 

    Click here to view the CSA 2016/17.



    The 2016 full assessment highlighted a need to:

    - further explore atypical hours childcare for parents working atypical hours

    - explore childcare that supports children with additional needs and/or disabilities

    - continue to support childcare settings with raising quality. 


    This grant is not an annual entitlement; it is available to support the childcare settings in greatest need.  Additional information may be asked for in certain applications.



    Please read the criteria carefully before applying for a grant as not every registered provision will be entitled to a grant.


    The following settings are not eligible:

    • Providers who were late returning or failed to complete an acceptable end of grant report during 2017/18.
    • Childminders who have received a start-up grant within the past twelve months
    • Those showing significant profit/reserves
    • Additional childminders operating from the same premises i.e. one application per household
    • Childcare providers, at the time of application, who are in the process of setting up their business


    *Due to the introduction of the Out of School Childcare Grants, Out of School providers will no longer be eligible to apply for this grant*




    Application Form and Guidance 2018/19:


    *The application process for 2018/19 funding is now closed*

  • Out of School Childcare Grant  


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    On behalf of the Welsh Government, the Vale of Glamorgan offers grants to those wishing to develop new Out of School Childcare registered with CIW, including:


    • After School Clubs

    • Wrap Around Childcare

    • Breakfast Clubs

    • Holiday Clubs


    This funding is specifically allocated to enhance out of school childcare provision in the Vale of Glamorgan.








    The Out of School Childcare Grant will play a significant role in delivering the Welsh Government’s commitments in the childcare policy statement: ‘Nurturing Children, Supporting Families’. 


    The policy statement sets out the priorities identified in developing an integrated approach to childcare which are categorised under the headings ‘Quality’, ‘Affordable’ and ‘Accessible’.


    The funding allocated during 2018-19 has been used to support the childcare gaps identified in the local area through the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment; specifically after school childcare and holiday provision through the medium of Welsh.


    *The application process for 2018/19 funding is now closed*


    Application Form and Guidance 2018/19:

  • Additional Funding 

    Photo Booth Parent and Children BigStockIf you are thinking of becoming a childminder in the Vale of Glamorgan, you may be entitled to funding to support your training and set up of cost, should you meet certain criteria.




    For more information please contact Debbie Maule, EYDCP:






Contact Us:

  • 01446 704704
  • Vale Family Information Service
  • @ValeFIS