The Family and Childcare Trust, supported by the Mayor of London, have developed a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Template to make it easier for local authorities across England to fulfil their statutory duty to assess their local childcare market. Local authorities must assess whether they have enough childcare locally, but currently there is a high level of variation in how these assessments are made. This tool aims to make it easier for local authorities to do this, and to make sure that they assessment is high quality. Good information about the local childcare market means that local authorities know what gaps there are locally and so can take positive action to fill these gaps.
It will also make it easier to look at whether there is enough childcare across a region or a number of local authorities. If local authorities are all using the same template, the information can be collated far more easily.
From today, for London local authorities, borough data on early years providers and places, take up of the free early entitlement and providers Ofsted ratings is available on the new London Early Years Datastore.
Ellen Broomé, CEO of the Family and Childcare Trust, said:
Notes to Editor:
The Mayor of London has launched a consultation on Early Years in London, closing on 28 May 2018 www.london.gov.uk/early-years-consultation
Further information on the GLA’s early years plans and the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment template for London’s local authorities can be found at www.london.gov.uk/early-years
The London Early Years Datastore can be found at https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/london-early-years-datastore-for-childcare-sufficiency-assessments--csa-
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