The Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on English local authorities to improve outcomes for children and young people, secure sufficient childcare and provide information about the various forms of childcare available to them.
Councils are required to undertake a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment in order to identify gaps in the childcare offer, so that a plan can be produced with an outline of how to support the local market and ensure sufficient childcare provision.
The report focuses on formal registered and unregistered childcare provision wherever possible, and involves childcare for children aged 0 to 14, and up to 18 for children with disabilities and/or special educational needs.
Childcare sufficiency is more than just making sure there is ‘enough’ childcare. It is also about:
- Making sure that childcare is available, accessible and affordable so parents have the opportunity to use childcare in their area.
- Making sure childcare is of good quality so that it benefits the child.
- Providing parents with a choice of childcare so they can choose the childcare that meets their needs.
Walsall is an early innovator for the 30 hour offer which will be available for eligible 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017.
As part of this work the council with help from an external company called Hempsall’s, are asking parents / carers and providers to complete a questionnaire. The information gathered in the questionnaire will be used to update the plans for childcare provision in Walsall so that it is sufficient, flexible and meets the unique needs of families.
As a parent / carer or childcare provider your views are important for shaping the plans and we invite you to have your say by completing this questionnaire by 30 June 2016.
If you would like this questionnaire in an alternative format please call: 0844 824 3083
- To complete the questionnaire click here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H9ZJ8CW
How we will use your information
Walsall Council has commissioned a company called Hempsall’s- a specialist research consultancy -who will work on behalf of the council to gather the views of parents and providers regarding childcare provision in the borough. Hempsall’s will use a questionnaire to gather views and will process the information in order to write a report summarising the results. All data and answers you provide to Hempsall’s in the questionnaire will be shared with Walsall Council so we can conduct our own analysis of the data. At no point will your answers be reported in a way that may identify you, your child(ren) or household. The information you provide will only be used for the purpose of producing a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment for Walsall and will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any other organisation. Hempsall’s are registered with the Data Commissioner and all data will be processed in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.