Covid 19: Free Childcare for Key Workers


All children should be cared for at home if this can be done safely.

This scheme has been provided to respond to the demand for childcare for key workers initially for a period of 3 months, at which time it will be reviewed. The Welsh Government will fund the costs of pre-school childcare (children aged 0 to 5 years) of key workers, from 1st April 2020, excluding childcare provider retention fees. Full list of key workers

The Welsh Government will also continue to fund childcare provision for vulnerable children.

Places in schools and childcare are highly limited. Only particularly vulnerable children and the children of workers whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response should be attending during this time.

Key Workers with older children
Where possible, children of school age should continue to attend school. The Welsh Government will consider funding childcare places for older children in exceptional circumstances and on a case by case basis. Contact school head teachers to arrange. School contact details.


Childcare Provision
If your usual childcare setting is closed, but you need childcare provision as a key worker, you can use another setting if it is registered with CIW. We can fund your childcare costs, other than any retention fees, charged by your childcare providers. List of the childcare providers that are open in Gwynedd.

How to apply?

Parents are eligible to receive the government-funded childcare if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You have a child, or children, of pre-school age
  • If a parent is a key worker as defined by the Government, and it is not possible to care for the child at home safely
  •  The child, or children, are pre-school age and have been assessed by the local authority as being vulnerable.

If you meet the above criteria you can apply by completing the application form below

Application form: Covid 19 Free Childcare for key workers (PDF format)

Application form: Covid 19 Free Childcare for key workers (Word format)

Before applying make sure you have the evidence ready to support your application. These can be copies or a photograph of the document is also acceptable.

The evidence required is:

  • Child /children’s birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of address e.g. recent utility bill, 2020 Council Tax statement
  • Proof of employment e.g payslip
  • Key Worker / Volunteer status e.g. letter from employer, copy of ID badge
  • Latest Tax Return if Self-Employed

Attach the application form and the required evidence by email  to:


It is not possible at present to send the application form by post. Applications will be processed within 5 working days, and you will receive a confirmation message by e-mail

Use this confirmation e-mail to show your childcare provider that your application has been successful.


Further Information

Welsh Government Guidance 

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