CHILDCARE SUFFICIENCY ASSESSMENT

Dear Parent,

The Department for Children, Adults and Health needs your help to assess the provision of childcare over the next twelve months. The Childcare act 2006 places a statutory duty for Local Authorities to secure sufficient childcare to meet the needs of working parents and those making the transition to work.

To do this we will consult with parents, childcare providers. local employers, schools and colleges to find out how many places may be required.

Once we have measured the demand for childcare places we can concentrate on the areas of South Gloucestershire where more places are required and help providers to create new places where they are most needed.

The results of the assessment will be published on our website. We will be able to use the information to help shape the future of childcare and help us to build up the capacity ready for the increase of childcare to 30 hours for three and four year olds in working families.

Information about all aspects of childcare is available on our website www.southglos.gov.uk/childcare

INTRODUCTION

It is government policy to enable children of pre-school age to have early education and childcare. This is to help children have a good start in life and be better prepared for school. It is also intended to assist parents and carers in meeting work and study commitments. For children in less advantaged circumstances, pre-school provision is seen as additionally important in helping to give them the best possible start.

There is a universal entitlement for all three and four year old children to receive 15 hours of free childcare per week during term-time. In September 2014 this was extended to two year olds from families with a household income of less than £16,190 per year (approximately 40% of the age group)

Since September 2017, 30 hours free childcare has been available to eligible working families of three and four year olds in England. This is an additional 15 hours on top of the 15 hours available to all parents of three and four year olds.

Local Authorities have a legal duty to ensure that sufficient childcare places are available for local families. In South Gloucestershire this is done in partnership with providers and child-minders who are in the private, voluntary or independent sectors. The Local Authority also has a legal responsibility each year to assess local views on the availability of childcare to check whether it is sufficient.

In order to carry out this task, South Gloucestershire is sending this questionnaire to parents and carers to seek their views on the local position.

It would be very helpful if you could complete this questionnaire and return it to the Council. This will assist us in reviewing the current position, identifying any problems and planning any improvements.

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.

Timeline

  • Opened
    12 Jun 2018 at 00:00
  • Closed
    29 Jun 2018 at 23:59
  • Response Published

Documents

Details

Consultation Topic Children and young people, Education and early years, Health services and facilities, Social services and social care, Voluntary and community sector issues
Geographical area Almondsbury, Bitton, Boyd Valley, Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge, Bradley Stoke North, Bradley Stoke South, Charfield, Chipping Sodbury, Cotswold Edge, Dodington, Downend, Emersons Green, Filton, Frampton Cotterell, Frenchay and Stoke Park, Hanham, Kings Chase, Ladden Brook, Longwell Green, Oldland Common, Parkwall, Patchway, Pilning and Severn Beach, Rodway, Severn, Siston, Staple Hill, Stoke Gifford, Thornbury North, Thornbury South and Alveston, Westerleigh, Winterbourne, Woodstock, Yate Central, Yate North
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience All residents
Contact Details

Diane Ponting

diane.ponting@southglos.gov.uk