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The Childcare Act 2006 and 2016 gives all local authorities a duty to assess the sufficiency of childcare provision in their area for working parents, parents studying or training and for disabled children. The assessment should be carried out annually and information should be made available to parents and elected members.
Information from the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) is used to support all types of early years education and childcare providers to plan their service delivery, manage their funding, create and change places according to population and market demand, and to identify areas of risk or opportunity.
Derby City Council aims to publish a CSA report on 0 to 5 year olds in the summer term and one for 5 to 11 year olds in the autumn term.
If you are considering opening up new childcare or expanding your current setting, these CSA's will help you to identify possible gaps in current availability.