Your Wales posting

A families’ guide to living in Wales

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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.

01   Housing

Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in Wales comes under the same CarillionAmey 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

At present there are 10 hours of free part-time child care available to families with three and four year olds in Wales. Click here for all information.

The Welsh Government’s new childcare offer will provide working parents with 30 hours of early education and childcare for three and four year olds, for up to 48 weeks a year. For further information, please visit the Welsh Government website.

Seven local authorities have been working with the Welsh Government to deliver the childcare offer since September 2017, and the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care has announced that further seven authorities will begin delivering the offer from September 2018.

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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 project was set up in 2014. Since then the project has received continued funding to develop the work across Wales, establishing a website, virtual network, video resources and holding the first all-Wales Service Children in Education Conference.

The WLGA have published a parent’s guide to schools and education in Wales.

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 new grant funding available to schools and local authorities in Wales to support Service children in 2018/19. Find out more here.

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.

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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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