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Planning policy clarified for childcare and child-minding in Wales

Words: Roger Milne

The Welsh Government’s Planning Directorate has issued a policy clarification letter on the issue of planning, child-minding and day care provision.

This stresses the importance of childcare provision and clarifies the link with Planning Policy Wales. It provides updated advice on previous circular letters from 2003, 2006 and a letter to chief planning officers sent in January 2011. These have now been cancelled.

The latest letter emphasises that local planning authorities and local authorities should work together to help support the development of childcare services for children and families.

This is in line with the government’s key priority to provide affordable, accessible childcare, as prioritised within the Tackling Poverty Action Plan and the Early Years and Childcare Plan.

The responsibility for complying with planning legislation will remain with the childcare provider.

Child-minders should understand that planning permission is needed when they intend to increase the overall number of children they care for at their property (whether of registration age or above), or they intend to make physical alterations to the exterior of the dwelling.

The letter can be read here (pdf).

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