Information and guidance to help you register a service.
Who needs to register?
- Day care and play services:
- full day care, including day nurseries
- out of school care
- sessional day care, such as playgroups
- open access provision
For further details about who needs to register and the registration process you should read the Registration Guidance
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, an adapted registration guidance document has been produced to support applicants and providers through these difficult and unprecedented times. If you need more information, please visit our frequently asked questions page.
How to register
To register a service with us you must complete and submit an application to register using CIW Online (External link).
You are required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate as part of this process. Without a DBS certificate, you will not be able to submit your Child Care and Play application. If you don’t have a DBS - you can find out more information about how to apply for a DBS check on the DBS section of our website.
Before you apply
Before you start the registration process you should follow the steps below:
Day care and play services:
- Contact the relevant supporting organisation, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs (External link), Early Years Wales (External link), Mudiad Meithrin (External link), Play Wales (External link) and National Day Nurseries Association (External link), to enquire about setting up childcare and play services.
- Contact your local Family Information Service (External link) and complete any necessary pre registration training
- Contact Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) (External link) to enquire about becoming a child minder
- Contact your local Family Information Service (External link) and complete the mandatory specialist units and any other necessary pre registration training for working as a child minder organised by the local authority
Top things you should know from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about Tax-free childcare. (External link)
Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose template and Guidance attached below is available to assist you when writing your Statement of Purpose. If you use an alternative format, it must be compliant with the Child Minding and Day Care (Wales) Regulations 2010 and as a minimum include information about all points under National Minimum Standard 1.2 of the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare 2010.
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