Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills and Vaughan Gething, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty
We are pleased to announce that we have received the report from Professor Karen Graham of Glyndwr University, entitled “Review of childcare and early education registration, regulation and inspection” (the Graham Review).
The review, which started its work in October 2013, was asked to focus on testing the regulatory and inspection systems for early years provision in Wales, particularly in light of Welfare Reform changes and the HMRC tax-free childcare consultation, and to identify, where necessary, recommendations for improvement.
The Review has made some interesting observations and recommendations which we will consider in more detail over the summer. The Executive Summary, along with the review recommendations, will be published today so that we can start to have an open dialogue with key stakeholders ahead of the publication of the full report during the summer.
The Review’s recommendations will be considered alongside the outcomes of the Flying Start and Foundation Phase evaluations, the Foundation Phase stocktake, and other ongoing reviews. Together it is intended that these findings will provide a broad evidence base to inform future policy development, drive quality and raise standards across childcare and early education in Wales.