Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

The Childcare Act (2006) requires local authorities to take reasonable steps to ensure sufficient childcare so that families can work or train. To understand how well childcare matches families' needs a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) process is undertaken by the Local Authority.
The Childcare Act 2006 states that:

  • Childcare must be sufficient, as far as is reasonably practicable, to meet the needs of parents with children up to the 1st September after their 14th birthday (or until they reach the age of 18 in the case of children with a disability). This also applies to parents undertaking training to enable them to work or return to work.
  • Each Local Authority must carry out a sufficiency assessment of all the childcare in their area as least once every three years.
  • Local Authorities must publish details of their assessments by placing them on their websites and making copies available in public libraries, premises of childcare providers, schools and places that the public have access to as considered appropriate.
A full Childcare Sufficiency Assessment is carried out once every three years with an update report produced annually. It should be noted that the childcare market is dynamic and changes can happen over a short period of time. This report presents a snapshot in time and as more data and information becomes available the childcare market is managed locally on an ongoing basis.

The 2017 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment is in the form of an annual update report.

If you are considering opening a childcare provision in Redcar & Cleveland or have any questions regarding Childcare Sufficiency please contact:

Lesley Gibbin
Early Years Sufficiency Advisor
Redcar & Cleveland House
Kirkleatham Street
Redcar and Cleveland Council
TS10 1RT
01642 444608 (direct line)

If you are looking for childcare in Redcar & Cleveland please contact the Families Information Service on 0800 073 8800.

You can find out more information on our Early Years Providers page.

Download Attachments:
.pdf fileChildcare Sufficiency Report 2017.pdf (927k)

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