We previously advised providers applying to increase the numbers of children they care for that they would be required to declare (as part of their variation application) that they have consulted their local planning authority.
We can now confirm that we have reviewed this position and we will not require any declaration in respect of planning. As a regulator, our role is to ensure that the premises are safe and suitable for the provision of care, taking into account the maximum number of children you will care for at any one time and the available space for each child.
Regulations and the National Minimum Standards for child care are being revised to reflect the new policy. The current standard NMS 22.4 – 'local planning and building control requirement must be met' will be removed.
This means that we will no longer require evidence as to planning status of child minders’ premises. This will be the position for new applications from child minders and other day care providers registering for the first time with CSSIW and the variation to conditions in respect of maximum number of children cared for any one time. However, applicants/providers are responsible for making sure that their premises comply with planning and building control, environmental health and fire safety regulations.
For more details, please visit the Changes to childcare regulations pages of our website.