Child Care Regulations
It is the duty of every person carrying on a preschool service to take all reasonable measures to safeguard the Health, Safety and Welfare of the children attending the service and to comply with the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and the Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services)( Amendments) Regulations 2016. The Child and Family Agency has a statutory responsibility to assess levels of compliance with the Regulations. The Child and Family Agency will work with service providers in partnership to promote a culture of compliance with the Regulations. This does not preclude the Child and Family Agency from escalating to enforcement actions where necessary steps following an Inspection if deemed necessary. The Health, Safety and Welfare of the children remain paramount.
This question & answer document was developed following the briefing sessions that the early years inspectorate had with the sector in May and June 2016.Questions gathered came from providers, city & county childcare committees and from stakeholder groups. The aim of this document is to assist the sector in understanding the regulatory requirements and support in compliance with the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016.