Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA)
A Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) is an assessment of existing childcare provision in the borough, mapping supply of, demand for and gaps in the childcare market. The Childcare Act 2006 places a legal duty on local authorities to secure sufficient childcare (so far as is reasonably practicable) for working parents or parents who are studying or training for employment. 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 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 25 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.
The local authority produces an annual sufficiency report to council members and this report is available and accessible to parents.