Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

The Childcare Act 2006 places a legal duty on local authorities in England to secure sufficient childcare, as far as is reasonably practicable, for working parents or parents who are studying or training for employment.

Each year, we update the childcare sufficiency assessment, bringing together information from a range of sources to identify possible gaps in childcare provision.

Please be aware that this latest assessment is based on information collected from early years providers during the Early Years Census 2021 when the country was in lockdown and some early years providers were either closed or offering a reduced number of childcare places.

If you have any queries about the latest Childcare Sufficiency Assessment please contact

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