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  • Last updated 24 August 2023

CSSIW registration in Wales

CSSIW, or the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, is responsible for regulating and inspecting social care services in Wales. This includes the registration of nannies who provide childcare services to families in Wales. The registration process involves a number of requirements that must be met before a nanny can legally work in Wales.

The first requirement for registration with CSSIW is that the nanny must be at least 18 years of age. They must also have completed a Level 3 childcare qualification, such as a Diploma in Childcare and Education, or an equivalent qualification. In addition, the nanny must hold a current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, which is a criminal record check that is mandatory for anyone who works with children.

Once these requirements have been met, the nanny can apply for registration with CSSIW. The application process involves providing personal information, such as name and address, as well as information about their qualifications and work experience. The nanny must also provide references from previous employers, as well as a written statement from themselves about their suitability to work with children.

If the nanny meets all of the requirements, they will be issued with a registration certificate from CSSIW. This certificate is valid for three years, after which time the nanny must apply for renewal of their registration.

So, how does CSSIW registration affect nannies in Wales? Firstly, it ensures that only qualified and suitable individuals are providing childcare services that are eligible for government funding such as Tax Free Childcare to families in Wales. This helps to safeguard the welfare of children and ensures that they receive high-quality care.

Secondly, CSSIW registration provides nannies with credibility and demonstrates to families that they are a professional and trustworthy caregiver. This can help nannies to secure more work and charge higher rates for their services.

However, CSSIW registration also comes with certain responsibilities. Nannies must comply with all of the requirements of their registration, including ensuring that their work premises are safe and suitable for children, and that they provide high-quality care. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in the revocation of their registration and potential legal action.

In conclusion, CSSIW registration is an important process for nannies in Wales who wish to provide childcare services to families. It ensures that only qualified and suitable individuals are providing care to children, while also providing nannies with credibility and professionalism. While the registration process may involve some time and effort, it is ultimately a worthwhile investment for nannies who want to build a successful career in childcare.

Cost of Registration

The first year cost is £99.40. This fee is for registration and an enhanced DBS check.   The fee does not include your nanny meeting any of the registration criteria.

Additional Costs

An additional charge of £8.75 applies for having ID documents checked at the Post Office.

Registration renewal fee is £55

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