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Regulation and inspection of childcare

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Regulation and inspection is undertaken by the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW).

Regulation and Inspection of childcare 

Child minding, day care and play provision for children up to 12 years of age is regulated by the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) on behalf of the Welsh Ministers. This applies where registration is required under Part 2 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 as amended by the Regulation of Child Minding and Day Care (Wales) Order 2016, and associated regulations.

CIW’s role includes the regulation and inspection of providers of early years, childcare and play services for children up to 12 years to ensure the services meet regulatory requirements and standards.

Further information about the role of CIW, contact information and guidance can be found on the CIW website (External link).

National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare 

All registered childcare provision is governed by the National Minimum Standards (NMS) for regulated Childcare. The standards are designed to help providers and settings to meet the regulations relevant to the service they provide. This ensures children are cared for in a safe and appropriate environment with suitably qualified staff.

The standards were last revised in April 2016 in line with the extension of the upper age limit for the compulsory registration of childcare provision from 8 to 12 years.  

Circular letter WGC 006/2017 Future qualification requirements 

This circular provides advance notice about future requirements relating to Standard 13.6(DC) and 13.7(DC) Day Care of the National Minimum Standards. The changes concern the qualifications that are required for persons in charge and non-supervisory staff working in regulated childcare and play settings for children.