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 existing registered childcare settings who only work with children up to the age of eight there is no change and will require a qualification from the Social Care Wales List of required qualifications to work withing early years and childcare sector in Wales.
- Staff in existing registered childcare settings who work with children up to the age of 12 have until September 2021 to gain the appropriate playwork qualfications featured in the SkillsActive List of Required Qualifications to work within the Playwork Sector in Wales.
- For existing registered playwork settings there is no change, the requirement has always been that staff hold the relevant playwork qualifications from the SkillsActive list of required qualifications.
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.
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