Under statutory guidance (September 2013) local authorities are no longer required to present their sufficiency assessment to the Secretary of State for Education, but are required to report annually to Council Members on how they are meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare, and to make this report available and accessible to parents.
The current assessment report, appendix and action plan are published below:
Services for Young Children produce quarterly childcare market updates. These reports are written by the Childcare Development and Business Officer for each of the localities and provide information about changes in the childcare market as follows:
Different types of childcare available
Key local information that could affect the childcare market.
Early Years Education take up
Data is provided by part-post code and ward area where possible.
Copies of the quarterly updates can be viewed by using the local district links below. Please contact your local Childcare Development and Business Officer if you require any further information.
From April 2008 all local authorities have a new legislative duty to secure sufficient childcare for all parents who chose to use it in their area. As part of this all local authorities have undertaken a "childcare sufficiency assessment" which maps the supply of childcare and assesses the demand. The assessment documents below are provided in three sections: