Welsh Government announces changes to future National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare for children up to the age of 12 years.

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children recognises the importance of childcare and play provision, including holiday play schemes, for children and their parents.  He wishes to ensure that the childcare and play workforces have the appropriate qualifications, skills and experience to provide high quality provision across the different types of settings and for the full age range of children cared for.  With this in mind, the Welsh Government has recently published a circular that explains some important future changes to the required training standards in child care and play settings.

In particular, by 2021, where a childcare setting provides for children between the ages of 0 to 12 years, the person in charge should hold BOTH a Level 3 Childcare Qualification recognised on the Social Care Wales List and a Level 3 Playwork qualification. The person in charge of a registered play setting for children up to the age of 12 years should hold a Level 3 Playwork qualification and the person in charge of a holiday play scheme should also hold a Level 3 Playwork qualification, or a Level 3 qualification in a related sector (as well as the Managing a Holiday Play Scheme Award).

In addition, the circular denotes the requirement by 2021 for 50% of non-supervisory staff caring for children between the age of 8 to12 years to hold a Level 2 Playwork qualification and for 80% of qualified staff in a full day care setting caring for children up to the age of 12 years to hold both a Level 2 Childcare qualification recognised on the Social Care Wales List and a Level 2 Playwork qualification.   At least half of these should have a Childcare qualification at Level 3.

As an approved Apprenticeship and QCF qualification provider on behalf of Welsh Government, we (Educ8) deliver the required Child Care and Playwork qualifications on a fully-funded basis.  Our qualifications are accredited by City & Guilds who regard us as a ‘centre of excellence’ in terms of the quality of our Child Care training.

To find out more about the above changes or to enquire about enrolling onto a programme, contact our Child Care Customer Account Manager, Kristina Brockway on 01443 749000.