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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, 2022. You’ll need to apply by October 28, 2022 to be offered a place starting in spring term (January) 2023.

If your child is eligible just for the summer term you can apply from October 31, 2022. You’ll need to apply by December 16, 2022, to be offered a place starting in summer term (April) 2023.

You can apply online for Funded Early Education.

Alternatively paper applications are available by emailing

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 Curriculum for Funded Non-Maintained Nursery Settings in Wales.

Research in Wrexham has proven that children in Funded Early Education at age three go on to achieve higher outcomes, at 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 Early Education for three year olds and may be one of the following:

A designated...

  • Playgroup
  • 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 Care Inspectorate Wales(CIW)
  • Must provide the stated sessions
  • Receive regular training

Approved Wrexham settings

Current list of Wrexham settings approved to deliver Funded Early Education
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Cylch Meithrin Bro Alun ABC Rhostyllen
Ysgol Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog Acorns Playgroup
Cylch Meithrin Min y Ddol Bangor On Dee Childcare
Cylch Meithrin Summerhill Black Lane School
Cylch Meithrin Hill Street yn Plas Coch Borderbrook AVC School
Cylch Meithrin Maes y Gornel Borras Park Full Day Care
Ysgol Bodhyfryd Bradley Playgroup
Ysgol Cynddelw Brynteg CP School
Cylch Llan y Pwll Bwlchgwyn CP School
Cylch Bryn Tabor Caego and Berse Day Nursery
  Cefn Mawr Playgroup
  Cherry Hill Children’s Day Nursery
  Pentre CIW VC Primary School
  Chirk Pre-School Playgroup
  Dragons Daycare Tanyfron
  Eyton CIW VC Primary School
  Froncysyllte CP School
  Garth CP School
  All Saints CIW VA School
  Gwenfro Primary School
  Happy Days Coedpoeth Playgroup
  Heulfan Early Education
  Holt Under 5’s Playgroup
  Homestead Day Nursery
  Kiddies World Children’s Centre
  Little Scholars Nursery
  Little Sunflowers
  Marford Little Explorers
  Minera CIW VA School
  Mother Goose Nursery
  Overton Playcentre CIO
  Penycae Childcare Playgroup
  Peter Pan Nursery
  Playland Day Nursery
  Redbrook Day Nursery
  Rise and Shine Day Nursery
  Rossett House Nursery
  Sparkles Day Nursery
  St. Anne’s Catholic Primary
  St. Chads CIW VA School
  St. Giles Early Education
  St. Mary’s Playgroup Wrexham
  St. Mary’s CIW VA School, Brymbo
  St. Paul's CIW VA School
  Treasure Chest Llay Playgroup
  Victoria Gems, Jewels and Treasures
  Ysgol Cae’r Gwenyn
  Ysgol Maes y Mynydd
  Ysgol Yr Hafod Johnstown
  Wat’s Dyke CP School