CSSIW has published their Annual Report for 2015-2016. The report contains an insight into the registration, regulation and inspection of childcare and play settings across Wales, as well as some key quotes recognising the work of the sector.
The report contains information on the number of registered childcare services in Wales which stands at nearly 4400. These services provide over 80,000 childcare places.
CSSIW processed over 4500 changes to registered childcare and play settings due to the re-registration of childcare and play settings following changes in regulation of settings caring for children up to 12 years-of-age. Over 1500 providers (mainly childminders) varied their conditions of registration and increased the number of children they look after to the age of 12 years showing the scale of this piece of work.
In the report the work of the sector, including PACEY staff and members, was recognised and praised.
Imelda Richardson, current Chief Inspector for CSSIW who is retiring this month, says in the report;
‘Our collaboration with the early years and childcare sectors in the design and delivery of a new system of regulation and inspection to meet new laws to extend the regulation of childcare by April 2016 was exemplary’ (pg 4)
CSSIW’s National Advisory Board also comment in the report that the Board;
'wholeheartedly commends childcare and play providers and inspectors for the reliability, professionalism and flexibility in implementing the new arrangements by April 2016.’ (pg 7)
Claire Protheroe, Direct Services Manager for Wales stated;
'PACEY Cymru are pleased to see acknowledgement for the commitment and professionalism of all involved in this significant period of change. PACEY members and staff were closley involved in the consultation, development and implementation of changes linked to the extension of childcare regulation in Wales during the latter part of 2015 and in to 2106 and it is good to see recognition of this work from CSSIW.'
This partnership approach will be important as the work relating to the 30 hour offer in Wales continues to develop. As noted in a further comment by Imelda Richardson;
'Childcare providers and the sector have responded positively to meet the new laws and inspections with ratings from this April, and can build on these solid foundations in supporting the new offer through accessible quality care to support working parents.' (CSSIW press release)
Other key areas noted within the report are;
- Development of a new Inspection Framework (that came into place in April 2016) and introduction of ratings
- Pilots of joint inspections by CSSIW and Estyn for childcare settings also providing funded Foundation Phase provision
- Development of online services including the move to an online Self Assessment of Service (as recently undertaken).
Imelda Richardson will be replaced in her role as Chief Inspector by Gillian Baranski, former CEO of CAFCASS Cymru in October.