A new inspection framework for non-maintained nursery settings

The way we inspect non-maintained nursery settings is changing

Our new approach

Estyn and Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) will soon jointly inspect non-maintained nursery settings. Our new inspection framework has been carefully planned over several years and in consultation with those working in the sector.

By working together even more closely and sharing our resources, there’ll be fewer inspection-related visits for non-maintained nursery settings. Estyn and CIW inspectors will work together to evaluate a setting, with Estyn leading on the quality and standards of education and CIW focusing on childcare.

The changes

Children remain at the heart of our work, but the new arrangements will include:

  • One inspection report that covers both standards in education and childcare
  • A revised inspection framework that covers fewer, but broader areas
  • New timescales for the length, frequency and notice period of an inspection

Next steps

Estyn and CIW are still developing the inspection framework in consultation with our stakeholder forum members, non-maintained advisory teachers, local authorities and consortia.

We aim to publish draft guidance in September 2018 with the new framework coming into effect in January 2019.

To find out about the inspection of childcare visit https://careinspectorate.wales/