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  • 19 January 2022
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Temporary relaxation of National Minimum Standards (NMS) for regulated childcare

Welsh Government reintroduce temporary changes to some standards in the NMS to help support childcare providers.

We have emailed childcare and play providers to let them know that, in order to support settings, Welsh Government has decided to reintroduce temporary relaxations of some of the requirements of the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare until 1 April 2022.

As before providers will need to contact their local authority in order for their request to be considered in relation to the following relaxations, as detailed in the letter:

  • Staffing ratios
  • Staff qualifications
  • DBS

Providers will need to use their CIW online accounts to notify us of any agreed changes with the local authority.  Local authorities will also need to notify us that they have agreed the changes.

Further details on the agreed changes can be accessed in the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare (NMS) letter from 17 January 2022, available on the Welsh Government website below.

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