Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2014

The Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on English local authorities to improve outcomes for children and young people, to secure sufficient childcare and to provide information about the various forms of childcare available to them.

Councils are required to undertake a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) every year in order to identify gaps in the childcare market, so that a plan can be produced with an outline of how to support the local market and ensure sufficient childcare provision.

The CSA focuses on formal registered and formal unregistered childcare provision wherever possible, and involves childcare for 0 to 14 year olds, and up to 18 year olds for children with disabilities and/or special educational needs.

Childcare Sufficiency is more than just making sure there is ‘enough’ childcare. It is also about:

  • making sure that the childcare is available, accessible and affordable so that parents have the opportunity to use childcare in their area
  • making sure it’s of good quality so that it benefits the child
  • providing parents with a choice of childcare so they can choose the childcare that meets their needs

The survey closed on 29 September 2014.