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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, 2021. You’ll need to apply by October 22, 2021 to be offered a place starting in spring term (January) 2022.

If your child is eligible just for the summer term you can apply from October 25, 2021. You’ll need to apply by December 22, 2021, to be offered a place starting in summer term (April) 2022.

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 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:

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 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
Llanarmon DC Primary Acorns Playgroup
Cylch Meithrin Min y Ddol Acton Park Childcare
Cylch Meithrin Summerhill Bangor On Dee Childcare
Cylch Meithrin Hill Street yn Plas Coch Black Lane School
Cylch Meithrin Maes y Gornel Borderbrook School
Ysgol Bodhyfryd Borras Park Full Day Care
Ysgol Cynddelw Bradley Playgroup
Ysgol Bryn Tabor Brynteg School
Cylch Antur Homestead Bwlchgwyn School
Cylch Borras Caego and Berse Day Nursery
  Cefn Mawr Playgroup
  Cherry Hill Nursery
  Chirk Pentre VC School
  Chirk Playgroup
  Dragons Day Care Tanyfron
  Eyton School
  Froncysyllte School
  Garden Village Playgroup
  Garth School
  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 Sunflowers
  Marford Playgroup
  Minera School
  Mother Goose Nursery
  Overton Playcentre
  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
  Treasure Chest Llay Playgroup
  Victoria Gems, Jewels and Treasures
  Ysgol Cae’r Gwenyn
  Ysgol Maes y Mynydd
  Ysgol Yr Hafod Johnstown