Childcare sufficiency market assessment | Oxfordshire County Council

Childcare sufficiency market assessment

Countywide assessment of childcare supply and demand to identify where there are gaps.

The Childcare Act 2006, as amended, requires Local Authorities to report annually on how they are meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare.

Sufficient childcare means securing the right type and volume of provision, so far as is reasonably practicable, for working parents or parents who are studying or training for employment, who require places for children aged 0-14 (up to 18 for a disabled child).

There is also a separate, but linked duty, to secure sufficient early years provision, so that families can access their free early education entitlement*. Families often access both their free early education entitlement and childcare needs together and many providers offer places to meet both. Therefore the report also contains updated information on the availability of places that deliver the free early education entitlement.

* 570 hours over a minimum of 38 weeks per year for some two year old and all three and four year old children.

Aim of assessment

The aim of this assessment is to provide us with information needed to identify gaps in the market and plan the steps required to secure sufficient childcare.

The November 2016 report includes:-

  • key findings.
  • information about childcare for families with disabled children.
  • information about the cost of childcare.
  • sufficiency gaps - where available provision is less likely to be meeting the needs of parents.
  • priorities for developing additional capacity in 2016/17.
  • detailed analysis of the supply of childcare and early education places.

Comments and suggestions

Families’ childcare needs, along with the availability of places, are constantly changing and the council welcomes feedback if there are difficulties in finding suitable childcare.

The council cannot guarantee a place in the specific area that parents would like but it is our desire that as many parents as possible are able to find the childcare they need to be able to work, or undertake training that will lead to work, and all families who wish to are able to access their entitlement to a funded early education place.

Please contact the Oxfordshire Family Information Service if you have any comments or suggestions. If you would like to find out more about the childcare available in your area look at our childcare pages.

Last reviewed
11 July 2017
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