Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

Councils have a duty to ensure that enough childcare is available for children up to the age of 14 years old (18 years for children with a disability). This is to:

  • enable parents to take up or remain in employment
  • ensure there are enough childcare places for two year olds eligible for 15 hours of free childcare
  • meet demand for all three and four year olds to access their free 15 hours of early learning and childcare (this is a requirement of the Childcare Act 2006)
  • meet demand for three and four year olds of working parents to access their extended 15 hours childcare

Councils have to provide a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) every year. The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment analyses:

  • the demand for childcare across North Lincolnshire
  • the supply of available childcare places
  • identifies gaps in provision

The North Lincolnshire Childcare Sufficiency Audit – Executive Summary [PDF, 1.07Mb] provides an overview of the sufficiency of childcare places in North Lincolnshire.  This is accompanied by the full Sufficiency Audit report [PDF, 2.03Mb].

Copies of the executive summary and report for previous years are available on request from eef@northlincs.gov.uk.