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A families’ guide to living in Wales

Overview

There is a huge amount of support for the Armed Forces in Wales.
In June 2013, the Welsh Government’s Package of Support for the Armed Forces Community in Wales was published.
The Welsh Government has also produced useful documents.

Please check our COVID-19 section for up-to-date information, as the coronavirus outbreak may affect the advice given on this page.

Contents

01   Housing

Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in Wales comes under the same Amey contract for allocations and repairs as the rest of the UK. This is generally managed well locally. The recently introduced Combined Accommodation Assessment Scheme (CAAS) banding also applies in Wales.

The Welsh Government has produced a housing pathway document to support the Armed Forces when leaving the Services. AFF was involved in helping to shape the document so it is relevant to serving personnel, families and veterans. The document contains information about housing for anyone wanting to settle in Wales who needs help and support.

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02   Early years support

The Childcare Offer for Wales means that most working parents of 3 to 4 year olds can now claim funds towards the cost of childcare.

This means 30 hours of early education and childcare in Wales for eligible parents.

The 30 hours is made up of a minimum of 10 hours of early education a week and a maximum of 20 hours a week of childcare.

The exact amount of childcare you get depends on how much early education your local authority offers – your local Family Information Service can let you know what the Offer means for you in your area. 

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03   Education

There is a huge amount of support for Service children in Wales and a dedicated all-Wales project officer who works for the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA).

The Supporting Service Children in Education in Wales (SSCE Cymru) project was set up in 2014. Since then the project has continued to develop work across Wales, establishing a website, virtual network, video resources and holding the first all-Wales Service Children in Education Conference. SSCE has just relaunched its website with large amounts of information available for parents, children and schools.

Welsh language is taught as an additional language throughout all schools starting right from nursery. Throughout the school day children are trickle fed Welsh phrases and responses starting with answering the attendance and dinner register.

There are no Grammar schools in Wales.

The Welsh Education Curriculum will be changing. The Education in Wales action plan will continue until 2021 to secure the implementation of a new curriculum.

Funding support

Whilst there is not a dedicated Service Pupil Premium in Wales, there is grant funding available to schools and local authorities in Wales to support Service children. More information on funding streams can be found on the SSCE website.

AFF is still actively pushing for a permanent Service Pupil Premium in Wales.

Admissions and appeals

The School Admissions Code and School Admission Appeals Code are available on the Welsh Government website. These lengthy documents refer to children of Service personnel on several occasions, and in particular when moving on posting.

SEN

The SEN Code of Practice for Wales provides practical advice to Local Education Authorities, maintained schools and early years’ settings on carrying out their statutory duties to identify, assess and make provision for children’s special educational needs. Click here for more information.

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04   Medical and dental

Prescriptions are free in Wales.

If you move into Wales, you may experience differences with waiting list times.

AFF has raised the problem of longer waiting list times with the Welsh Government.

There has been agreement that, in some circumstances, individual cases will be looked at.

If you are receiving long term support it is important that you check the healthcare provision in Wales before a posting. For more information, please contact our Health and Additional Needs Specialist at additionalneeds@aff.org.uk

Dentists

Families need to register with the local dental practice.

Organ donation

In December 2015, the Welsh Government changed the way people choose to become organ donors in Wales. These changes will affect Army family members aged 18 years or more, who have lived in Wales for at least 12 months.

Regular soldiers posted to Wales as part of their Service will not be affected.

For more information, click here

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05   Teaching in Wales

To teach in primary or secondary schools in Wales you must register with the Education Workforce Council (EWC).

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06   Employment

There is a large amount of employment and training support available to you in Wales.

Careers Wales has 28 careers offices based across Wales that you can visit to discuss the opportunities and support available and identify your individual needs.

The Careers Wales website also gives you a variety of ways to make contact and gather information.

The Working Wales service was launched in 2019 and is part of the wider Careers Wales programme, dedicated to supporting you and your family into training and employment. It can help you plan your career, prepare to get a job, and find and apply for the right apprenticeships, courses and training.

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