Every local authority currently has a statutory duty to carry out a childcare sufficiency assessment, at least every three years, and regularly updated thereafter. The most recent assessment was published in December 2015.
The assessment involves looking at the childcare available in each local area and getting an understanding from parents, carers, employers and children as to their childcare needs. It is used to help authorities identify gaps in the market and to plan how to address them.
Section 6 of the Childcare Act 2006 gives local authorities a duty to secure, as far as is reasonably practicable, sufficient childcare to meet the requirement of working parents. The assessment is an important tool in providing us with the evidence and information we need. We then work in partnership with childcare providers and others, to help raise standards of childcare in Telford and Wrekin and to ensure that our parents and carers have sufficient childcare, suitable for their requirements.
Last updated: 12.29pm on Wednesday 30 January 2019