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Information for NPT Childcare Providers

Training Courses

A termly training programme is offered to all registered childcare providers in the Neath Port Talbot area. This programme offers mandatory courses that are required by CIW, and other courses that can enhance your personal professional development.

For more information please contact the Training Officer on or telephone 01639 873006.

Grants and Support

The Early Years and Childcare Unit are able to offer a variety of grants for childcare settings and childminders.

They also offer support to all childcare providers on many aspects of running a childcare provision, such as post CIW inspection support, planning and up to date information.

For further information please contact our Childcare Development Officers at the Early Years and Childcare Unit on 01639 873031.

Role of CIW (Care Inspectorate Wales)

 CIW are the independent regulator of social care and childcare in Wales.

They register, inspect and take action to improve the quality and safety of services for the well-being of the people of Wales.

  • Find a registered Childcare provide
  • Providing Childcare
  • Inspection and review reports

For more information visit the CIW website

CSA – Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

The local authority is legally required to complete a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) as a statutory duty of the Childcare Act 2006.

This will help us to better understand parents/carers’ use of childcare, the overall supply of childcare in the county and any factors likely to affect demand for childcare. The information that is gathered is used to create an action plan for Neath Port Talbot’s Early Years and Childcare Unit and the wider actions of the Council regarding childcare.

A full Childcare Sufficiency Assessment, including consultation with parents/carers, employers, children and young people, childcare providers and other professionals, is carried out every five years. An update on the assessment, looking at supply and demand, is carried out every year.

The report identifies gaps and makes recommendations that will, where reasonably practical, meet the needs of parents so that the Authority can fulfil the Childcare Sufficiency duty as set out in the Childcare Act.  Responses to the consultation are welcomed from stakeholders and members of the public who have an opinion on the matter.

The assessment comprised a combination of desk research, stakeholder surveys and engagement and the findings of a range of online surveys developed by the local authority and Welsh Government.

The assessment was undertaken between July 2021 and June 2022, ahead of submission to Welsh Government in September 2022.