Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

All local authorities have a statutory duty to ensure that the provision of childcare in their areas is sufficient to meet the needs of parents, to allow them to work or undertake education or training.

As part of this, local authorities undertake a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment which looks at:

  • the demand for childcare from parents and carers 
  • the supply across the district 
  • identifying any gaps between supply and demand

Bradford Council also needs to ensure that there is enough high quality early education places available to enable 3 and 4 year olds to access their free entitlement. The Childcare Act requires that special regard is paid to meet needs of vulnerable families and the needs of disabled children and children in care.

Plans for how sufficiency arrangements integrate with our ambitions for early years provision will form part of the Council’s new Integrated Early Years Strategy.

The three year strategy aims to improve the life chances of children in Bradford by addressing inequalities, narrowing the gap and improving outcomes for all children including disadvantaged children and families across the district.

The strategy will focus on young children’s development – ensuring they are healthy, have good parent-child relationships and are ready for their next stage of learning. The strategy will be published in August 2015.

If you have any questions about childcare sufficiency, please contact Susan Moreau by emailing susan.moreau@bradford.gov.uk or telephone 01274 431390.