Regulations and National Minimum Standards: Child Minders

Regulations and National Minimum Standards for child minders.

These regulations outline what a care provider must do by law to provide a care service in Wales. On 1 April 2016 these were updated to reflect the changes to childcare legislation.

National Minimum Standards (NMS) for Regulated Childcare from 1 April 2016

  • Child minder staff ratios

    As of 1 April 2016, child minders may care for a maximum number of 10 children (including their own children and any others for whom they are responsible and who are on the premises) up to the age of 12.

    There was no change concerning the numbers of children cared for under 8.

  • Space requirements

    Standards for those providers caring for children aged under 8 remain unchanged. For children aged 8 to 12, the indoor playing space/s must provide at least 2.3 sq metres minimum per child.

    In calculating the space requirement for all age groups, you can designate a number of rooms in your premises.

    This will not include toilets and in day care will also not include storage areas, thoroughfares, dedicated staff areas, cloakrooms, utility rooms, and kitchens.

  • Qualifications

    For services looking after children aged 8 to 12, a lead-in time of 3 to 5 years will be given to enable practitioners to achieve any required qualifications for working with older children.

    This means that if, as a result of the extension of registration, you are unable to meet the standards in respect of qualifications set out in the NMS e.g. Standard 13.6(DC) relating to the Person in Charge, or Standard 13.7(DC) relating to other staff, a lead-in time will be allowed to enable you to work towards the qualification.


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