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Contact: Geraint Thomas
Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services
Welcome & apologies / Croeso ac ymddiheuriadau
1.1 Apologies were received from Councillors Gwyn Jenkins, Richard
Overton and Rose Seabourne, and Dr John Sheridan.
Declarations of interest / Datganiadau o fudd
2.1 There were no declarations of interest.
Minutes 6/2/2019 / Cofnodion 6/2/2019 PDF 492 KB
3.1 The minutes of the meeting held on 6th February 2019
were confirmed as an accurate record.
Action sheet / Taflen Gweithredu PDF 106 KB
4.1 The Committee noted the action sheet.
Childcare Offer / Cynnig Gofal Plant PDF 443 KB
5.1 The HoL gave a brief introduction to the report,
highlighting the following areas:
Local Authority (LA) had entered the Childcare Offer pilot in Phase
2 during September 2018, and it was due to run until
LA was the engagement authority and was working in collaboration
with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (BGCBC), who acted as the
delivery authority and had been part of Phase 1 of the
- Torfaen County Borough Council and BGCBC ran the pilot across
the whole of their respective boroughs, in the interest of
fairness, whereas some local authorities chose to only run it in
5.2 The EYM explained
that the full rollout of the pilot phase across Wales would take
place in April 2019.
5.3 The Committee viewed
a short video that provided feedback from users of the Childcare
Offer, and the Chair confirmed that comments had been sent to the
Committee from childcare providers prior to the meeting.
Members’ questions and comments, the HoL, EYM and CM made the following main
EYM confirmed that Welsh Government (WG) had published their
evaluation of Phase 1 of the pilot, which showed that the Childcare
Offer allowed 60% of parents more opportunity to access training
and development, 66% had more flexibility at work and 40% were able
to access more hours of childcare, which was beneficial to their
child’s social and learning development. On top of this,
parents felt reduced levels of stress and anxiety, as well as the
financial benefits on offer.
CM explained that the Childcare Offer allowed some parents to
access more hours of formal childcare, which freed up grandparents
who had previously provided informal childcare.
CM confirmed that the Childcare Offer was helping to counteract
poverty and boost the local economy, as parents had an increased
level of disposable income.
EYM suggested that the £20,000 grant allocation for
Additional Learning Needs (ALN) may be better used towards early
intervention in some circumstances, and the HoL hoped that WG would re-word their guidance
around this grant to reflect the above. The EYM added that the
Early Years and ALN teams were working closely in respect of this
and that the £20,000 was being used regarding training this
EYM confirmed that the £20,000 mentioned above would not go
very far if several children required one-to-one ALN support;
however she mentioned that several other grants and support were
available and could assist with this. She confirmed that the LA was
providing feedback to WG regarding these concerns.
HoL explained that refugees and asylum
seekers did not fall within the ALN bracket, but they could be
signposted to a variety of available support. The CM confirmed that
she was aware of asylum seekers who had accessed grants as the
parents were undertaking training.
CM confirmed that non-approval of the Childcare Offer could be for
a variety of reasons, such as parents not working the correct
number of hours per ...
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Date of next meeting 8/5/2019 / Dyddiad y cyfarfod nesaf 8/5/2019
6.1 The date of the next meeting was noted. The Chair informed the
Committee that they would be considering the ALN Code.
6.2 The meeting ended at 3.20pm.