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What is Childcare Sufficiency?
Childcare Sufficiency is more than just making sure there is ‘enough’ childcare. It is also about:
- making sure that the childcare is available, accessible and affordable so that parents have the opportunity to use childcare in their area
- making sure it’s of good quality so that it benefits the child
- and providing parents with a choice of childcare so they can choose the childcare that meets their needs.
Why do we complete a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment?
Sections 6 and 11 of the Childcare Act 2006 requires local authorities to assess the local childcare market and to secure sufficient childcare.
The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment gets a new look:
Following the release of the Department for Education’s ‘Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities on the Delivery of Free Early Education for Three and Four Year Olds and Securing Sufficient Childcare’ (September 2012), the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment is being revamped. This guidance replaces ‘The Code of Practice for Local Authorities on Delivery of Free Early Years Provision for Three and Four Year Olds (September 2010)’ and ‘Securing Sufficient Childcare – Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities in carrying out their Childcare Sufficiency Duties (2010)’ and brings them both together into one document. This has resulted in a change from a large detailed 3 yearly assessment to a much smaller concise Annual Assessment and Report. Find out more about this by going to the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Page
Sufficiency Action Planning
The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment gives the Early Years and Childcare Service a clear picture of the gaps in the childcare market in Devon. The Sufficiency Action Plan (417KB - pdf help) details how we intend to work towards filling the gaps between supply and demand.
Managing the Childcare Market
The Early Years and Childcare Service is responsible for leading and facilitating the childcare market. Effective market management includes having a comprehensive understanding of how the local childcare market is operating. This is informed by the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment but it also requires on-going monitoring of progress in all aspects that impact on sufficiency of childcare. This information is tracked on a termly basis and informs management decisions. The latest information can be viewed in the All Devon Termly Report Spring 2011 (211KB - pdf help).
2gether – free early learning and childcare for more Devon 2 year-olds
Over 2600 2 year-olds in Devon are either now, or will be from September, entitled to up to 15 hours of free early learning and childcare per week.
That is roughly 35% of the County’s 2 year- old children who can benefit from the opportunity to make new friends, learn through play and have lots of fun at one of around 430 of our high quality specially approved childcare settings. Those childcare providers include day nurseries, pre-schools, child-minders and school nurseries.
More information for parents and carers about the eligibility criteria and how to apply, or you can speak to your local children’s centre, childcare provider or telephone DISC Devon’s family information service on 0345 155 1013.
South West Childcare and Education Show
Westpoint Exhibition Centre
Friday, 7 November 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday, 8 November 9.30am – 4pm
This two-day exhibition is for anyone with an interest in early years education and childcare. This event will provide a one –stop-shop for educational resources, expert advice and networking for those involved in the care and education of 0 –7 years.
The exhibition will include: 100s of products and services from a range of dedicated suppliers, hands on interactive workshops, educational and informative seminars and themed areas.
On Friday Babcock LDP will be running a one-day Early Years conference called Detoxing Childhood presented by Sue Palmer, author and speaker specialising in child development and education in the modern world. This conference takes place alongside the show and all delegates get automatic entry into the event. To book your place visit www.babcock-education.co.uk/ldp/cpd
Visitor entry is free so visit www.childcareshow.co.uk to register online.
Westpoint is located just outside Exeter. It is clearly signposted from junction 30 of the M5 with ample free car parking.
Childcare needs survey
In order for the Early Years and Childcare Service to ensure there is enough childcare places for everyone in Devon they need you to tell them how many hours of childcare you require a week.
Find out more
- Links to Devon's Childcare Sufficiency Assessment reports
- Links to supporting information and related documents
- List of schools with Learning Community
- Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
- Action Planning