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Sessional care (playgroup and/or wrap around care)

Playgroups usually operate from community centres, schools or church buildings and offer sessional care for children aged between 2 and 5 years.

Playgroups operate for 2 to 3 hours in the morning and/or afternoon mainly during term time.

Wrap around care operates in schools and offers sessional care for children aged between 3 and 4 years.  Wrap around clubs allow children attending the school nursery to stay on the school premises all day.  For example children attending morning nursery will be able to use the wrap around club after their school session to stay in school until 3.20pm.  Children attending afternoon nursery school will use a wrap around in the morning.

Please be aware that where two sessions are offered in any one day, children must not attend more than five sessions per week and there must be a break between sessions with no children in the care of the provider.

Managing the playgroup/wrap around care

The person in charge must:

  • Have at least 2 years experience of working in a day care setting and have a recognised level 3 childcare qualification from the Care Council of Wales National Qualifications Framework (NNEB, CACHE Diploma in Childcare, NVQ/QCF Level 3 or equivalent).

The staff:

  • At least 50% of the staff should hold a recognised level 2 childcare qualification from the National Qualifications Framework.  Where this cannot be achieved immediately, the registered person will set out an action plan detailing how they intend to meet the criteria and agree a timescale by which it will be achieved. The CIWOpens new window will consider the plan and offer their approval or indicate aspects that need improvement.
  • All staff must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS).

The majority of groups are members of the Wales Pre school Providers Association (WPPA)Opens new window for more information contact the WPPA Development Officer.

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