1. Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
Under the Childcare Act 2006, local authorities must ensure that there is sufficient, quality, flexible, and sustainable childcare for parents and carers.
The Act defines childcare sufficiency as 'sufficient to meet the requirements of parents in the area who require childcare in order for them:
- To take up or remain in work.
- To undertake education or training which could reasonably be expected to assist them to obtain work.
In order to meet the sufficiency 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 18 years old for disabled children and children with additional needs).
Any gaps in childcare sufficiency identified through the assessment are outlined at the end of the report and an action plan is in place to address them.