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Childcare cash joy for parents in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

By Amy Downward

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New money is available for councils to assist families who wish to access childcare before and after the end of the school day.

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PARENTS have welcomed the funding of almost £270,000 which has been allocated to Swansea and Neath Port Talbot councils to help provide child care out of school hours.

The Welsh Government has announced the funding to help local authorities to assist families who wish to access childcare before and after the school day.

Swansea Council will receive £164,712 and Neath Port Talbot £102,700.

Sue Beavan, from Swansea, is a working mother with three children and said the money for childcare was excellent news.

She said: "If more clubs and activities are created because of the money then I think it is great. Childcare is expensive so if this will help reduce costs, I am very pleased."

As well as childcare, the funding can be used to support holiday clubs and play schemes during the school holidays, supporting working parents.

Deputy minister for tackling poverty, Vaughan Gething, said: "Childcare is a huge issue for many families, especially working parents.

"This funding will give real support for hard working families by helping to deliver affordable care for children, allowing parents or guardians to work the hours they want or to study."

Russell Ward, head of partnerships and community development at Neath Port Talbot Council said: "The Early Years and Childcare Unit are thrilled at receiving further funding to enhance the provision of out of school childcare places.

"Previous funding allocations have enabled us to develop new after school clubs and holiday clubs."

A Swansea Council spokeswoman said: "It's really good news to get confirmation of the grant allocation and we are drawing up proposals on how we intend to use the cash."

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