Providing Childcare

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.

Careers in Childcare

If you are interested in starting a career in childcare or looking to add to your current qualifications please view the document below for the relevant qualifications you would need to work in the different sectors of childcare provision.

List of required qualification for childcare
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Becoming a Childminder/Setting up a new Childcare Setting

If you are interested in becoming a childminder or starting your own childcare business then please contact the Early Years and Childcare Unit who will talk you through the process involved.

Telephone 01639 837018 for more information.

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

Since April 2008 the Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure sufficient childcare places for those parents and carers who want them.  The Local Authority also has a duty to carry out a childcare sufficiency assessment every three years. 

This report aims to provide the County Borough Council with an assessment of sufficiency regarding the supply of childcare and parental demand for childcare to enable the council to perform its duty as outlined in the Childcare Act 2006.

The assessment is a measurement of the nature and extent of the need for, and supply of, childcare within each local area.  It will help the Authority to identify where the gaps are in the market and in consultation with partners plan how to support the market to address them. 

Sufficient childcare, in Section 6 of the 2006 Act, is defined as ‘sufficient to meet the requirements of parents in the Local Authority’s area who require childcare in order to enable them to:

  • To take up, or remain in work
  • To undertake education or training which could reasonably be expected to assist them to obtain work  

In determining whether provision of childcare is sufficient a local authority:

  • Must have regard to the needs of parents in their area for –
  1. the provision of childcare in respect of which the childcare element of working tax credit is payable
  2. the provision of childcare which is suitable for disabled children
  3. the provision of childcare involving the use of the Welsh language
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pdf Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2017
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