Chief Inspector Imelda Richardson restated her commitment to the extension of regulation of childcare today, following the minister’s statement.
From April 2016, the upper age limit for the registration of childcare and play provision will increase from eight to 12 years.
The Chief Inspector said:
We have been working extensively with the childcare and play sector to make them aware of these changes. We are running a series of workshops at the end of this month and beginning of December with providers of childcare and play about these changes, and will launch a video to the sector for anyone who is not able to make our events.
There is an extensive list of frequently asked questions which is currently being updated, to reflect the Minister’s latest announcement, and will continue to be updated to reflect the changes to the National Minimum Standards ahead of the law change which will come into effect from 1st April 2016. Providers of childcare and play should keep up-to-date with information about these changes through our website, and contact us if they have any concerns. We are in close contact with our registered providers of childcare and play about how these changes will impact them, but again, if they have any concerns they should contact us.
I would like to thank our registered providers for working with us and for our childcare and play sector partners who are helping us to communicate these changes. I would like to restate our commitment to and welcome the extension of regulation of childcare – this is a positive step forward in ensuring consistency in the quality of care for babies, toddlers and children up to 12 years.