Childcare Sufficiency

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2011

Under the Childcare Act 2006, local authorities have a duty to ensure that there is enough childcare for parents and carers.

In order to meet this duty, local authorities are required to undertake a detailed assessment of the supply and demand for childcare in their area. The assessment includes research and consultation with parents, carers, young people, employers and providers.

The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment is a process designed to ensure there is enough childcare to meet the needs of parents and carers with children aged up to 14 years old (or up to 17 years old for disabled children and children with additional needs). The outcome is a report that analyses findings, allowing the local authority to assess the childcare market, making recommendations to;

  • further enhance and support childcare providers, maintaining high quality services.
  • develop the support families receive when seeking/utilising childcare.
  • support local practitioners by making accessible a wide range information and resources, that in turn will benefit families.

You can download the report below.