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Welsh Government – Regulation and inspection of childcare


Welsh Government has distributed a letter that clarifies qualification requirements for childcare and play providers who are registered to work with children aged eight to twelve. Previously, childcare and play settings were registered to work with children up to the age of eight.

Following regulatory changes, staff working with children up to the age of 12 in childcare setting will require playwork qualifications in addition to their childcare qualifications (for example Children’s Care Learning and Development – CCLD).

The letter refers to the SkillsActive List of required qualifications which has been updated to reflect the changes and simplified with the intention of making the qualifications requirements clearer. To summarise:


For playwork, childcare and other settings that are exempt from registration and work with children up to the age of 12, there is no qualification requirement.

Our qualifications FAQs aim to support employers and learners to understand the qualifications landscape.

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