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Changes to childcare law come into force today (April 1)

Anyone providing care for children aged up to 12, for more than 2 hours, must register with us.

From today (April 1), the age range for registration of childcare and play in Wales has been extended from 8 to 12 years.

All childcare and play provision, including child minders, day care services, after school clubs, holiday play schemes and play provision for children under 12 years old, operating for more than 2 hours a day, will be regulated and inspected by us.

There are some exemptions, which we’ve described elsewhere on our website.

Over the last few months we’ve written regularly to childcare and play providers about the changes, and by now most providers should have either applied to vary their numbers, or read the updated National Minimum Standards for childcare, to ensure that their registration with us is up-to-date.

Do I need to register?

Read our guidance and if you’re unsure, get in touch with your regional office as soon as possible by calling 0300 7900 126 and selecting the option for your nearest regional office.

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