Important changes to the CSSIW regulations Posted by: Rachel Tustin Post date: 19 February 2016

There are a number of future changes that will impact upon our service from 1 April 2016.

  • The upper age range for the registration of childcare in Wales will be extended from 8 years to 12 years from 1 April 2016. – There are also changes to National Minimum Standards to take account of the needs of older children.
  • CSSIW will be also changing the way they inspect childcare and play provision and the frequency of their inspections

From 1 April 2016, childcare services will be inspected under a new framework
• The inspectors will spend more time at the services talking to the registered provider and staff about their childcare service. Inspectors will also observe children and talk to older children about their experience of the childcare
• The framework will place a greater emphasis on improving child development and well-being outcomes. It will have four core themes: • Well-being • Care and Development • Environment • Leadership and Management

Two additional themes – Learning, and Teaching and Assessment – will also be considered when we undertake a joint inspection with Estyn. This will only apply to services that are also funded by the local authority for the education of three and four year olds. Together with Estyn we are currently piloting the new joint inspection arrangements. Visit our ‘Early years and childcare – ensuring quality care and learning’ web page for details.

if you would like more information please visit the CSSIW website