Joint child care and play framework

We are working with Estyn to develop a joint inspection framework for childcare and play services.

What we are doing

We have been working with Estyn and together will inspect care and education in regulated non-school services eligible for funding for part-time education.  During these joint inspections we will inspect the care of all children up to the age of twelve and the education of 3 and 4 year olds that do not receive education in a maintained setting.

The new framework will make it easier in the way Estyn and ourselves inspect these services. It will also help providers as part of the inspection process.

The changes

Outcomes for children remain our central concern.  Our joint inspections will deliver:

  • One inspection report that covers standards in both childcare and education
  • A revised inspection framework that covers fewer, but broader areas
  • New timescales for the length, frequency and notice period for an inspection

Progress to date

We piloted a joint inspection framework which included awarding judgements in 15 childcare and early years services in 2015/2016. The framework (excluding Learning, and Teaching and Assessment themes) was included into the childcare and play inspection framework we introduced in April 2016.

The pilot was independently evaluated during the summer of 2016.

Next steps

The joint inspection programme will begin in early 2019.

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