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Future changes to the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare

Advance notice of changes to staffing qualification requirements from September 2021.

The changes relate to Standards 13.6(DC) and 13.7(DC) Day Care, and concern the qualifications required for Persons in Charge and non-supervisory staff in regulated childcare and play services for children aged 0 to 12 years. 

The temporary amendment to Standard 13.6(DC) about qualification requirements for Persons in Charge of holiday play schemes has also been formalised.

There are no changes to the current requirements for childminders, nor for registered childcare services caring for children under the age of 8 years old.

The requirements have been agreed in conjunction with Social Care Wales and SkillsActive, the sector skills councils covering the childcare and play sectors in Wales.

The lead-in time for the childcare and play workforces to attain the required play qualifications has been set at September 2021.

More detail is available on the Social Care Wales list of required qualifications (External link) to work within early years and childcare in Wales, and the SkillsActive list of required qualifications (External link) to work within the playwork sector in Wales. 

Providers can view the circular letter issued by Welsh Government (External link) earlier this year.

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