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The Childcare Offer Wales

10 hours of Foundation Phase Nursery Grant (FPN)

Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) Grant Information Booklet  

Part-time education for 3 year olds

All children in Wales are entitled to a free, part time Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) education place in an approved early years setting from the term following their third birthday and prior to gaining full time entry into school. 

Pembrokeshire County Council agrees to provide the funding received from Welsh Government to offer all eligible children a minimum of 10 hours funded part-time education in an approved setting during the school term. Parents can choose to take up the child’s entitlement either in a maintained or a non-maintained setting: 

A maintained setting – a nursery class in a school offering 10 hours or more a week of funded Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN).


A non-maintained setting – which could be a private day nursery, a playgroup or a Cylch Meithrin that has approved status offering 10 hours a week of funded Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) over a minimum of 3 days. This can be accessed over 2 settings.

All non-maintained approved settings who receive the funding:

  • Are registered with the local education authority to deliver the part time Foundation Phase Nursery
  • Are Inspected by CIW and ESTYN on a regular basis
  • Supported by a qualified teacher on a regular basis
  • Have appropriately trained staff
  • Deliver Foundation Phase Curriculum (statutory curriculum for all three to seven year olds in Wales)

Where can my child access Foundation Phase Nursery in Pembrokeshire?

Below is a list of all approved non-maintained settings that deliver Foundation Phase Nursery in Pembrokeshire:

· Bright Start Nursery - Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest, SA61 1SZ

· Broad Haven Playgroup - Village Hall, Marine Road, Broad Haven, SA62 3JS

· Camrose and Roch Playgroup – Pelcomb Community Centre, Haverfordwest, SA62 6AA

· Cylch Meithrin Abergwaun - Fishguard Leisure Centre, Fishguard, SA65 9DT

· Cylch Meithrin Arberth - Bloomfield Community Centre, Redstone Road, Narberth, SA67 7EP

· Cylch Meithrin Bwlchygroes - Yr Hen Ysgol, Neuadd Bwlchygroes, SA35 0DP

· Cylch Meithrin Casmael - Puncheston School, Haverfordwest, SA62 5RL

· Cylch Meithrin Crymych – Caban, Ysgol y Frenni, SA41 3QH

· Cylch Meithrin Eglwyswrw – Yr Hen Ysgol, Eglwyswrw, SA41 3SN

· Cylch Meithrin Hermon – Canolfan Hermon, Hermon, SA36 0DT

· Cylch Meithrin Maenclochog - Neuadd Gymunedol, Maenclochog, SA66 7LB

· Noah’s Ark Childcare - Tabernacle Lane, Narberth, SA67 7DE

· Playdays Fishguard - Crowne Building, Brodog Lane, Fishguard, SA65 9NT

· Redhill Montessori - The Garth, St Davids Road, Haverfordwest SA61 2UR

· Spittal Playgroup- Church Hall, The Green, Spittal, SA62 5QT

· Stepping Stones - 18A Bush Row, Haverfordwest SA61 1RJ

· Tabernacle Kindergarten - Tabernacle Church School Room, 93 Main Street, Pembroke, SA71 4DE

· Tavernspite playgroup - Tavernspite Village Hall, Tavernspite, SA34 0NL

· Templetots Playgroup - Templeton School, Templeton, SA67 8RS

Note:  Please speak to your chosen Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) setting and have your child’s place agreed before you submit an application.  Allocation of a funded place can be accessed at two settings.

What will my child gain from attending Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN)?

Although it is not statutory for your child to attend Foundation Phase Nursery prior to gaining full time place in school, this is a very important phase in your child’s life as it lays the building blocks for their future learning and is part of the current and future curriculum. Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) is a general term used to describe the time your child spends in the Foundation Phase during the ages of three and four.

The Foundation Phase takes place both indoors and outdoors and allows children to learn through play. The curriculum gives every child the opportunity to be at the centre of their learning. Your child’s interests will be taken into account and they will be encouraged to make choices about their learning. Qualified staff will be observing children, working with individuals, small groups, or at times the whole group to extend and develop the learning. This results in a learning experience which is practical, fun and full of hands-on activities which are known to develop the following:

  1. Develops confidence
  2. Develops positive attitude to learning
  3. Develops numeracy skills
  4. Develops self-motivation and independence
  5. Develops thinking and problem-solving skills
  6. Allows expression through dance, art and music
  7. Develops language and communication skills
  8. Ability to make mistakes without fear of failure

For further information on the Foundation Phase:  Foundation Phase Guide for Parents and Carers

When will my child benefit from funded Foundation Phase Nursery?

All children in Wales can have access to funded Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) from the beginning of the term following their 3rd birthday and prior to gaining full time entry into full time school.  Please refer to the link here for further information on how to apply for a full time place in school.  (School Admissions online


Child's Date of Birth

When can my child access Foundation Phase Nursery?

1st September 2016 – 31st December 2016

Spring 2020:  6th of January 2020


1st January 2017 - 31st March 2017

Summer 2020: 20th of April 2020

1st April 2017 – 31st August 2017

Autumn 2020: 2nd of September 2020


1st September 2017– 31st December 2017

Spring 2021: 4th of January 2021











How do I apply for Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) funding?

You will need to talk to the childcare provider that you are currently using (or intend to use) for your child’s funded Foundation Phase Nursery.

The childcare provider will check when your child will become eligible. If your child is eligible, you will be asked to complete an on-line parent application:

How does it work? Step-by-step

1.    Speak to your chosen Foundation Phase Nursery setting and have your child’s place agreed

2.    Complete On-line application

3.    You will need to provide confirmation of your child’s date of birth to your chosen setting.  (either a birth certificate/passport/medical health records)

4.    Once your chosen setting has confirmed your child’s date of birth, Pembrokeshire County Council will be contacted by the setting to approve your application

5.    Pembrokeshire County Council will notify you by email whether your application has been approved

6.    Funding will be released directly to your chosen setting once the application has been approved

Please Note: The Parent Online application will be available in due course. 

If you experience any issues with completing the on-line application form or would like further information, please contact:

Tel: 01437 770014


The Childcare Offer for Wales

On top of the entitlement of 10 hours a week of free early years education (which is available to all children), you may also be able to benefit from an additional 20 hours of funded childcare. To find out more about the Childcare Offer please visit Child Care Offer Wales 



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