The Childcare Act places a duty on local authorities (LAs) to secure sufficient childcare for their community. In order to understand the needs of their community, LAs must undertake a childcare sufficiency assessment (CSA) every three years. This must be published on the Council website and made publicly available.
The term 'childcare' covers children up to the 1 September after their fourteenth birthday or, if a child has a disability, until they reach the age of twenty-five.
Local authority's duties to secure sufficient childcare for working families, or parents who are studying or training for employment, includes the requirement to assessment the supply and demand in their area. The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) maps the existing childcare provision in the borough and looks to highlight any gaps in the local market.
This final CSA report provides the local authority with clarity on the current offer and recommendations on how to:
The Early Years, Childcare and Business Development Service have commissioned Premier Advisory Group to complete the 2019-22 CSA for Waltham Forest. Childcare providers and families are currently being surveyed, to find out more please contact the Early Years, Childcare & Business Development Service.