Securing sufficient childcare - Information for parents

Local Authorities are required by legislation to secure sufficient childcare, so far as is reasonably practicable, for working parents, or parents who are studying or training for employment, for children aged 0 – 14 (or up to 18 for disabled children).

To fulfil this duty the Local Authority produces an annual childcare sufficiency assessment.

Under the Childcare Act 2006, local authorities are required by legislation to:

  • secure sufficient childcare, so far as is reasonably practicable, for working parents or parents who are studying or training for employment, for children aged 0 to 14 years (or up to 18 years for children with a disability or special educational needs children)
  • secure sufficient free early learning places for eligible two year olds and the three and four year old free early education entitlement.

The Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities states that to secure sufficient childcare places, Local Authorities should: 

1. Take into account what is 'reasonably practicable' when assessing what sufficient childcare means in their area and:

  • the local childcare market, including the demand for specific types of providers, in a particular locality and the amount and type of supply that currently exists
  • the labour market
  • the quality and capacity of childcare providers
  • encourage schools in their area to offer out-of-hours childcare from 8.00am and 6.00pm and to offer 5 hours rather than 3 hour sessions
  • encourage existing providers to expand their provision and new providers to enter the local childcare market

2.  Report annually to elected council members on how they are meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare, and make this report available and accessible to parents.  The report should include:

  • a specific reference to how they are ensuring there is sufficient childcare available to meet the needs of: children with a disability or special educational needs; children from families in receipt of the childcare element of Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit; children with parents who work irregular hours; children aged two, three and four years taking up an early education place, school-age children and children needing holiday care
  • information about the supply of and demand for childcare for particular age ranges of children and the affordability, accessibility and quality of provision
  • details of how any gaps in childcare provision will be addressed 

Please check the download section of this page to access Doncaster’s latest Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2016/2017  

If you would like to discuss the childcare sufficiency within Doncaster please e-mail: schoolorg@doncaster.gov.uk

If you require information to support you to find childcare within Doncaster please contact Doncaster Families information Service

Last updated: 17 January 2018 16:15:16