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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).
Primary School applications
Applications for primary school for next year's rising 5s - children born between September 2009 and August 2010 - opens on 15th November at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline and closes on 15 January 2014.
Direct application to the Local Authority Admissions Team is the only way to apply for a school place, Schools and pre-schools cannot accept applications, nor forward lists of names. Even if your child goes to a nursery or pre school on the primary school site, or your child has siblings already in the primary school, you still need to go through the application process.
Even if your child has a Spring or Summer birthday you must apply before the closing date of 15 January. Not applying in time can severely disadvantage applications for oversubscribed and popular schools.
Places are offered to start in September but parents may wish to defer until the term of the child's 5th birthday. No decision about this is needed at the time of application.
Any parent who cannot apply online can call the Helpline on 0845 155 1019 but online application is recommended for speed and security.
Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Annual Report
The Early Years and Childcare Service of Devon County Council have published a report (3.40MB - pdf help) which shows how Devon County Council are meeting their statutory duty to make sure there is enough childcare and what their actions and challenges are for the year ahead.
Free childcare and early education now available for more 2 year olds
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