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  • 27 February 2024
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Tell us your views about our joint inspection programme with Estyn

Alongside Estyn we jointly inspect those childcare and play services which offer an element of funded education, known as ‘non-maintained’.

The joint inspection programme has now been running for five years, so the two inspectorates have commissioned an independent review to identify areas of positive practice as well as areas for improvement.

This aligns with CIW’s guiding principles of being intelligence-led; working collaboratively; supporting improvement and innovation; and reflecting and learning.

Independent evaluators

An independent agency, the Learning Partnership, is undertaking the review and will be speaking to a range of stakeholders including inspectors and other staff in both inspectorates; parents and carers of children using non-maintained provision; providers and their representatives including umbrella organisations and local authorities; and Welsh Government policy officials in both childcare and education.

If you are eligible for a joint inspection, you should also have received an email from your Early Years Advisory Teacher (EYAT) regarding how you can participate in some online workshops and contribute to this review.

Get involved

We want to hear from everyone who has experienced or is interested in our joint inspections. 

We have three surveys which are being coordinated for us by the Learning Partnership:

The closing date for these surveys is Friday 8 March 2024 so please don’t delay – tell us your views!

There are also bilingual focus groups for parents and carers taking place on 19 March.


Contact Glenda Dudley at the Learning Partnership.