Care Inspectorate Wales

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) are the independent regulator of social care and childcare in Wales.


Guidance on running your registered service

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

On these pages you will find a host of useful links and guidance notes designed to support you and your early years childcare business.

The Self-Assessment of Service Statement (SASS) is now live!

All Registered Persons and Responsible Individuals are required to complete under the Child Minding and Day Care (Wales) Regulations 2010 in relation to monitoring compliance of a service.

It is a legal requirement for all childminders and childcare and play providers to complete a SASS.


The Inspectorate's strategic plan sets out its priorities over the next three years.

It has set out three strategic priorities to provide it with its organisational direction and focus over the next three years:

  1. To be a trusted voice to influence and drive improvement
  2. To consistently deliver a high quality service
  3. To be highly skilled and responsive

CIW will review its priorities each year to ensure they continue to be relevant and reflect the environment in which we operate.


To download the plan, visit the link below

Care Inspectorate Wales Strategic Plan 2020-23

Please find below links and useful information from CIW regarding Covid-19

Further reading
PDF icon Joint Inspections with Estyn 214.46 KB
Smalltalk Autumn 2018
Welsh Government

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Regional offices

Wherever you are located, Early Years Wales aims to have an office near you. If you require our support, feel free to give us a call where we can discuss your query or arrange for one of our support staff to meet with you.

Our office hours are Monday – Friday (9am – 5pm)