Apply for Funded Early Education
All Wrexham children are entitled to 10 hours of Funded Early Education a week, starting from the term following their third birthday, as part of the Childcare Offer in Wales.
To be eligible your child must have reached the age of three before the term they are due to start, and live in Wrexham County Borough. Funded Early Education is only available in spring and summer terms (term start dates may vary in different settings).
What is the offer?
You can access up to 30 hours per week of combined Funded Early Education or Foundation Phase Nursery and government-funded childcare, for up to 48 weeks of the year.
This Funded Early Education element forms 10 hours of the 30 hour offer.
Securing a Funded Early Education place does not give you an automatic nursery place in a Wrexham school. You must apply for a nursery place separately.
When and how can I apply for Funded Early Education?
For children who have reached the age of three before the start of spring term, a funded place will be provided for both the spring and summer terms. For children with birthdays in the spring term a funded place will be provided for the summer term.
If your child is eligible for both spring and summer terms you can apply from September 1, 2020. You’ll need to apply by October 23, 2020 to be offered a place starting in spring term (January) 2021.
If your child is eligible just for the summer term you can apply from October 26, 2020. You’ll need to apply by December 31, 2020, to be offered a place starting in summer term (April) 2021.
You can apply online for Funded Early Education.
Give your child the best start
In Wrexham we are committed to giving our youngest children the best possible start in education. Children in Funded Early Education learn through play - in line with the Foundation Phase curriculum.
Research in Wrexham has proven that children in Funded Early Education at age three go on to achieve higher outcomes, at the end of Foundation Phase and by the end of year six, than those who do not take up the offer.
Benefits of Funded Early Education for your child include...
- learning new skills
- growing in confidence
- finding out and problem solving
- exploring and using technology
- developing independence
- developing creativity and imagination
- learning to speak Welsh
- making friends
- having lots of fun indoors and outdoors
How it works
Your child can have a place in a funded setting for either:
- Five sessions a week, one per day, of two hours duration, or
- Four sessions per week, one per day, of two and a half hours duration
This will depend on what the approved setting of your choice provides.
An approved setting is funded to deliver Foundation Phase education for three year olds and may be one of the following:
- Private day nursery
- Nursery class or early years unit in a local school
Funded Early Education Funding
You can only apply for a funded place at one setting. Funding is paid directly to the setting.
Settings who receive funding...
- Must have appropriately qualified staff
- Will be inspected by ESTYN and CIW
- Must provide the stated sessions
- Receive regular training
Approved Wrexham settings
|Welsh Medium||English Medium|
|Cylch Meithrin Bro Alun||Acorns Playgroup|
|Llanarmon DC Primary||Acton Park Wraparound|
|Cylch Meithrin Min y Ddol||Bangor On Dee Childcare|
|Cylch Meithrin Summerhill||Black Lane School|
|Cylch Meithrin Hill Street||Borderbrook School|
|Cylch Meithrin Maes y Gornel||Borras Park Early Education|
|Ysgol Bodhyfryd||Bradley Playgroup|
|Ysgol Cynddelw||Brynteg School|
|Ysgol Bryn Tabor||Bwlchgwyn School|
|Caego Day Nursery|
|Cefn Mawr Playgroup|
|Cherry Hill Nursery|
|Chirk Pentre VC School|
|Dragons Day Care Tanyfron|
|Garden Village Playgroup|
|Gresford Playgroup Ducks & Ducklings|
|Gwenfro Early Education|
|Happy Days Coedpoeth Playgroup|
|Heulfan Early Education|
|Holt Under 5’s Playgroup|
|Homestead Day Nursery|
|Kiddies World Acrefair|
|Little Scholars Nursery|
|Little Treasures Victoria School|
|Mother Goose Nursery|
|Penycae Early Education|
|Peter Pan Nursery|
|Playland Day Nursery|
|Redbrook Day Nursery|
|Rossett House Nursery|
|Sparkles Day Nursery|
|St. Anne’s Catholic School|
|St. Chads School Hanmer|
|St. Giles Early Education|
|St. Mary’s Preschool Wrexham|
|St. Mary’s School Brymbo|
|St. Paul's School|
|The Towers Day Nursery|
|Treasure Chest Llay Playgroup|
|Wrexham Early Years Centre|
|Ysgol Maes y Mynydd|
|Ysgol Yr Hafod Johnstown|