Posted: Sat 25th Mar 2017

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Consultation 2017-2022

This article is old - Published: Saturday, Mar 25th, 2017

The Family Information Service is undertaking a consultation on the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2017–2022.
Childcare is an issue that affects many people, especially parents, and those who look after children for family or friends. The consultation offers people the opportunity to read a draft report on childcare sufficiency and then to give their opinions on how plans could be improved. Responses to the consultation are welcomed from stakeholders and members of the public who have an opinion on the matter. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Carys Davies, Childcare & Family Information Service Manager said “Our report has identified that there is an insufficiency of childcare places available in parts of Ceredigion. However, as a Council we will aim to work with partners to address the issues identified. A Task and Finish group will be developed following the new Council to look at addressing the gaps”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Under the Childcare Act 2006, it is a statutory duty that County Councils undertake a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA). The Act places a duty on County Councils in Wales “to secure, as far as is reasonably practical, sufficient childcare to meet the requirements of parents in their area who require childcare in order to train, to work or to prepare for work”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The draft CSA was presented to Council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, 14 March 2017, where it was decided that the draft report would go out to public consultation. The consultation will close on 30 March. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The report identifies gaps and makes recommendations that will, where reasonably practical, meet the needs of parents so that the Council can fulfil the childcare sufficiency duty as set out in the Childcare Act. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Draft Childcare Sufficiency Assessment can be viewed on the following link and have your say:
http://fis.ceredigion.gov.uk/childcare-sufficiency-assessment-2017-2022/ ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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