The Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on all local authorities in England to make sure there are enough childcare services for parents that want them, in order for them to work or train. So in 2010, we carried out our second full childcare sufficiency assessment. This means that we asked parents for their views on childcare in their local area. From the information you gave us we mapped childcare demand against childcare supply, to help us identify any gaps in childcare provision.
You can read the final report below, which gives a detailed account of our findings, as well as three action plans focussing on different areas.
As part of the assessment, we also talked to employers in Surrey to get their views on the childcare market. We asked them if a lack of childcare affects their business, about the information they provide to their employees about childcare and the staff benefits they offer to help pay for childcare. You can read what we found in our report called Consulting employers about childcare provision 2010.
We also consulted parents who contacted the Surrey Family Information Service looking for childcare. We did this to understand parents' experiences of looking for childcare and to get their views on whether there are enough childcare services in Surrey. You can read what we found in our report called Parents' views about looking for childcare in Surrey 2010.
As well as the reports mentioned above, you can also find the appendices that are mentioned in the main childcare sufficiency assessment report below.
Every year, we update information in the childcare sufficiency assessment. Our latest update uses information from 2011 and was published in 2012. You can read what we found in our report called Childcare sufficiency update 2011/12.
Files available to download
- Childcare sufficiency assessment report 2010 (PDF)
Our 2010 childcare sufficiency assessment report. It contains information about parental demand for childcare, supply of childcare within Surrey, and identifies gaps in childcare provision in Surrey.
- Childcare sufficiency assessment 2010 - Appendices (PDF)
A range of documents referred to within the main report. It includes an explanation of Mosaic groups and types, a copy of the questionnaire sent to parents, topic guides for focus groups and interviews, and details of childcare costs and occupancy rates by children's centre area.
- Consulting employers about childcare provision 2010 (PDF)
To help us identify gaps in childcare provision, we surveyed employers in Surrey to get their views about the childcare market.
- Parents' views about looking for childcare in Surrey 2010 (PDF)
As part of the childcare sufficiency assessment, we consulted parents who had contacted the FIS looking for childcare. We found out about their experiences and their views on the sufficiency of childcare services in Surrey.
- CSA action plan - two year olds (PDF)
An action plan focussing on provision of the early years free entitlement for two year olds.
- CSA action plan - early years free entitlement (PDF)
An action plan focussing on provision of the early years free entitlement.
- CSA action plan - out of school (PDF)
An action plan focussing on provision of out of school care.