Julie Morgan MS, Deputy Minister for Social Services
Today, I am pleased to publish a summary of responses to the consultation I launched last year about proposed changes to the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare for children up to the age of 12.
The consultation’s main aim was to respond to recommendations from a review of the national minimum standards in 2019. There were a number of areas where clarification and further guidance was needed, for example, in areas such as first aid and safeguarding training.
The national minimum standards help ensure children and families have access to childcare and play experiences, which are of a high quality and provide children with opportunities to play, learn, socialise, and grow as individuals.
Care Inspectorate Wales take these standards into account when inspecting registered childcare and play work providers.
The summary of responses shows the proposals were broadly supported by respondents.
However, in light of the current cost-of-living challenges and impact these changes may have on the childcare and play sector, I have asked my officials to engage with our partners, including local authorities, childcare and play umbrella organisations in Wales, to explore how to address implementation.
I intend to publish a refreshed version of the national minimum standards later in 2023. These will be kept under review.
I want to thank everyone who responded to this consultation, their views are a key part of shaping the standards to remain relevant and fit for purpose.