Flying Start and Childcare Offer for Wales

Find out more about Wales nursery funding from Flying Start and Childcare Offer for Wales, by NDNA Cymru’s policy experts.

Rising costs are putting increasing pressure on private and voluntary nurseries in Wales as National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Cymru reveals its 2023 survey results here Wales nursery crisis: 88% expect to make a loss or break even.

Funding shortfalls of note from the report:

  • 90% of respondents now say that funding rates do not cover delivery costs – this is much higher than 69% in September 2021
  • The estimated funding shortfall for 3 & 4 year-old places is £2.60 per hour
  • This is much higher than the shortfall of £1.46 in 2021
  • The proportion of Government to parent paid hours is now 38.6% Government 61% parent paid (in 2021 it was 36% to 63.7%)
  • Funding shortfall for the average child on Childcare Offer for Wales (20 hours of childcare element) is £2,496 per year.

Childcare Offer for Wales

The Childcare Offer for Wales is available to all children of working families allowing them to top up their hours of universal early education up to 30 hours of childcare a week for 48 weeks a year.

Flying Start

Flying Start helps families with children under 4 years old in disadvantaged areas of Wales.

Help available includes:

  • part-time childcare for 2 to 3 year olds for 12.5 hours per week for 39 weeks of the year
  • an enhanced Health Visiting service
  • access to parenting programmes
  • support for children to learn to talk and communicate

The Flying Start programme is currently going through an expansion for the childcare element.