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National minimum standards for regulated child care - March 2012

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These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of eight.

This replaces the version of the standards issued in April 2011.

Providers of child minding and day care in Wales are required to meet the standards detailed in the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Child Care.

All registered persons must have regard to the standards and must also meet regulatory requirements and the conditions of their registration. The standards focus on securing positive outcomes for children under eight and reducing risks to their welfare and safety.

The standards are to be read in the context of Part 2 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010, and associated regulations.  
 
The regulatory body for ensuring that these standards are met is the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).  Further information can be found on the CSSIW website.