CSSIW inspection framework

The new Care Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) framework applies to the inspection of child minding, day care and play.

From April 2016 CIW changed the way it inspects child minding, daycare and open access play and the frequency of inspections.

The new framework applies to the inspection of childcare and play and places a greater emphasis on improving child development and well-being outcomes.

When inspectors visit a care service, they will consider four core themes:

  • Well-being
  • Care and Development
  • Environment
  • Leadership and Management


What is different?

  • Inspectors will spend more time at a care service
  • Changes to the frequency of our inspections
  • Introduction of ratings
  • Publication of child minder inspection reports


The inspection framework is available on CIW's website. 

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