Dear Powys Childcare Provider,
As you are aware Welsh Government announced on 6th April 2020 that the Childcare Offer would be suspended from April 1st 2020 and that the Coronavirus Childcare Assistance Scheme (C-CAS) would run on a temporary basis to provide childcare for the pre school aged children of critical workers and vulnerable pre school children during Covid 19.
Please see the Welsh Government:Coronavirus: childcare for under five year olds providers guidance
The Powys Childcare Team are continuing to co-ordinate the requests for C-CAS childcare and allocating available spaces for the children on a weekly basis.
Providing parents meet the criteria for the funding and place are booked through Powys Childcare Team we will pay you for the booked hours on the block booking funding model previously shared with you. As you will see from the guidance the conditions of this funding are different to the Childcare Offer. The amount of funded hours are not limited to 30 hours per week and parents can apply for however many hours they require as they may need to work additional hours during this period.
You will be required to provide the following information for monitoring purposes:
- creditor number
- regular communication regarding any changes to opening /closing hours
Open book accounting may be required to evidence that providers are managing their costs to a level necessary to look after the children in their care, and only claiming necessary grants to support their business, in terms of direct childcare funding and the government support offered through Covid 19 such as business grants. Assessments may take place to ensure there is no duplication in funding received and it covers the cost of care for those children placed.
I appreciate that this is a new arrangement and specific to each setting. If you would like to discuss your specific arrangements in more detail please do not hesitate to contact the Childcare Team using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please sign the declaration below to confirm that you will continue to deliver the C-CAS childcare under the financial package and arrangements that have been agreed with you. Please be aware that failure to complete the declaration may result in a delay of payment.