Completing your Self Assessment of Service Statement (SASS): Childcare and play services

How to complete your SASS if you provide a childcare and play service.

Childcare and play providers are required to complete a self assessment and an annual review of the quality of care at their service. This information tells us about your service and the system you have for monitoring, reviewing and improving the quality of care given to children and is used to inform our inspection of your service.

SASS will be in two parts and available to complete online:

Part one – annual data collection

If you did not complete and submit SASS part one this may have been recorded against your service(s).

In late spring 2017, you must complete SASS parts one and two using CSSIW Online. (External link)

Part two -includes completing a Quality of Care Review

Part two will not take place until late spring 2017.

You cannot submit your SASS online until late spring 2017, but you now need to start preparing for SASS part two.

  • How to prepare for part two

    You must:

    1. Read the our guidance about completing your Quality of Care Review
    2. Download our Quality of Care Review template
    3. Check that your Statement of Purpose is up to date

  • Guidance about your Quality of Care Review

    It is important that you read the guidance to prepare for completing your Quality of Care Review in late spring. 

    We have developed a template for you to use. The template is optional, but for consistency we strongly recommend that you use it.

  • Why do I need to complete a Quality of Care Review?

    You have a legal duty to review the quality of the care you provide. Self-evaluation is also important to help you consider the best way to maintain and improve your service.

  • I did not complete or submit SASS part one, what do I need to do?

    In spring 2017, you must complete SASS parts one and two using CSSIW Online. (External link)

    You are required by law to complete a self assessment and an annual review of the quality of care at your service.

  • Guidance about SASS part one

    It is important that you read the factsheet and guidance to prepare for completing SASS part one in late spring.

  • How we use information from the SASS

    The inspector will use this information to:

    • plan for inspection;
    • influence what aspects of your service to prioritise and inspect;
    • inform the number of inspectors we might send to inspect your service;
    • as evidence when we make judgments (and ratings) about your service; and
    • confirm that your registration details are current and correct.

    Part two of the SASS includes the self evaluation of your Quality of Care Review.  Part two will not be rolled out until late spring 2017.

  • Help

    • If you need technical help using our online service or have any questions please email us or telephone us on 0300 025 6222 (English) or 0300 025 6111 (Welsh).
    • If you have any questions about preparing for SASS, please contact your local sector organisation: Wales PPA, NDNA, PACEY, Play Wales, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids' Clubs, Mudiad Meithrin and local Family Information Services (FIS).

  • Problems getting online?

    When can I access CSSIW online to submit SASS part two?

    You will not be able to submit your SASS part two until late spring 2017. We will write to you when you can do this.

    If you have a CSSIW Online account and submitted your SASS part one you can still access CSSIW Online (External link) and view your submitted SASS part one form.  You will not be able to make any changes.

    If you need to notify us of any changes to your service or make a variation you must submit these using our notification or making changes to your registration forms.

    If you have any questions about your form please contact your regional office or phone 0300 7900 126.

    I submitted my childcare and play SASS part one, but want to make changes

    Once you have submitted your SASS part one you cannot edit or change it. The information you provided will be passed onto your inspector and will be discussed during your inspection. If you have any questions please contact your regional office.

    I did not submit my SASS part one and do not have a CSSIW online account

    You can still create a CSSIW online account (External link), view and edit your personal details.

    If you need technical help using our online service or have any questions please email us or telephone us on 0300 025 6222 (English) or 0300 025 6111 (Welsh).

    I did not submit my SASS part one online but have a CSSIW Online account

    You can still access your CSSIW Online (External link) account and view and edit your personal details anytime but you cannot submit your form.

    If you need technical help using our online service or have any questions please email us or telephone us on 0300 025 6222 (English) or 0300 025 6111 (Welsh).

 

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