Freedom of information response

Early Years Sufficiency Reporting

Publication date: 
Friday 20 March 2020
Request: 

According to the DfE’s Early education and childcare Statutory guidance for local authorities, in accordance to the Childcare Act 2006 and the Childcare Act 2016, LAs 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)”.

As part of this they should also encourage providers to take a sustainable business approach to planning and signpost providers to resources which can support them.

Local Authorities are requested to report annually to elected council members on how they are meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare. LA’s are also obliged to make this data available and accessible to parents.

Therefore, I would like to request your most recent evidence of this reporting, and where parents are able to access this.

Response: 

Thurrock Council, Children’s Services School Effectiveness Team, report annually to elected council members on how they are meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare. In accordance with the Childcare Sufficiency obligations, we make this data available and accessible to parents and the general public as a whole, via Thurrock Council’s website link below

https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/finding-childcare/childcare-sufficiency-assessment

You are free to use any information supplied to you for your own use, including non-commercial research purposes. However, any other type of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will require the permission of the copyright owner.

Where the copyright is owned by Thurrock Council, you must apply to the Council to re-use the information.  Please email information.matters@thurrock.gov.uk if you wish to re-use the information you have been supplied. For information where the copyright is owned by another person or organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their permission

Request reference:
FOI 9843