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Who is eligible for the offer?

You can apply for the 15 hours per week of childcare funding if:

  • You live in Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Your child is 3 to 4 years old.  The childcare funding ends once your child starts full-time school.  This is usually the September after their 4th birthday.
  • Both parents work in a two-parent family (some benefits are also eligible; please see below
  • The sole parent works in a lone-parent family 
  • You earn at least:
  • £152.00 per week if you are 23 years old or older
  • £148.88 per week if you are 21-22 years old 
  • £109.28 per week if you are 18-20 years old

(these rates are based on 16 hrs per week at the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage for April 2022-March 2023 and will change annually)

  • You earn less than £100, 000 per year (gross) per parent.

Parents in education and training:
From September 2022 parents in education and training may be eligible to access the Offer.  To be eligible, a parent is either:

  • Enrolled on a Higher Education (HE) undergraduate or postgraduate course that is at least 10 weeks in length.  This includes courses delivered via distance learning.
  • Enrolled on a course that is at least 10 weeks in length and which is delivered at a Further Education (FE) institution.  This includes course delivered via distance learning.

If the child is living in a two parent family, the other parent/partner, must meet the working criteria.  The parent is eligible from the point at which the course commences.Families where both parents are in receipt of the above benefits will not be able to access the offer.

Exceptions to eligibility:
Where one parent meets the eligibility criteria and the other parent is in receipt of one of the following benefits, that child will still be able to access the offer:

  • Incapacity benefit
  • Carers allowance
  • Severe disablement allowance
  • Long term incapacity benefit
  • Employment and support allowance
  • National insurance credits on the grounds of incapacity for work or limited capability for work

Families where both parents are in receipt of the above benefits will not be able to access the offer.

Family and friends carers (also known as Kinship carers) are those who have taken responsibility for a child or step-child who is not their own because:

  • The child has no parents or has parents who are unable to care for the child;
  • It is likely that the child would otherwise be looked after by a local authority because of concerns in relation to the child’s welfare

Kinship carers can access the offer as long as they meet the earnings criteria to be classed as ‘working’, live in RCT and are caring for a child who is the correct age to receive the offer.