Any childcare setting which runs for more than 2 hours must register with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW). CIW is the independent regulator for social and childcare in Wales. CIW registers, inspects and operates to improve the quality and safety of services for the well being of the people of Wales.
A Cylch Meithrin registered with CIW will receive regular inspections. CIW inspect registered settings to ensure that they are providing safe care. They also ensure that people's rights are being respected and that their quality of life is being improved.
Either the Cylch Meithrin's Registered Person or Responsible Individual is answerable to CIW and the committee will need to work together to conform to the legal requirements of the CIW National Minimum Standards (made by Welsh Government), which include the following:
- Providing information about the service (Statement of Purpose)
- Empowering service users
- Ensuring quality of care
- Managing and maintaining the service
- Dealing with complaints
- Following Child Protection procedures
- Informing CIW of an incidents / changes
- Looking after the physical environment (health and safety)
Below you can find a copy of the full National Minimum Standards.