Dear Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council,
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I’d like to make a request
regarding your early years sufficiency reporting.
According to the DfE’s Early education and childcare Statutory guidance
for local authorities, in accordance to the Childcare Act 2006 and the
Childcare Act 2016, LAs are required by legislation to secure sufficient
childcare, so far as is “reasonably practicable, for working parents, or
parents who are studying or training for employment, for children aged
0-14 (or up to 18 for disabled children)”.
As part of this they should also encourage providers to take a sustainable
business approach to planning and signpost providers to resources which
can support them.
Local Authorities are requested to report annually to elected council
members on how they are meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare.
LA’s are also obliged to make this data available and accessible to
Therefore, I would like to request your most recent evidence of this
reporting, and where parents are able to access this.
I look forward to hearing from you.
FOI request - Ref FOI/20/0163
I wish to acknowledge receipt of you request for information. We have recently suffered significant server outage as a result of a cyber attack which means our servers have not delivered your email to us until Monday (24th February)
I have asked the relevant officers of the Authority to commence enquiries immediately to find all applicable information relating to your request under the FOI Act and to supply any which is found to you.
Your request has to be processed within a maximum of 20 working days, which means the Council must provide you with the information it has (assuming no exemptions are claimed) by 23/03/2020. If it is possible to provide you with the information within a shorter timescale then that will be done.
Should you have any queries about this matter please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Please find attached a copy of the response to your recent FOI request.
If you have any questions relating to this response, please contact
Complaints and Information Governance Manager
Service Improvement Team
Children & Families Directorate
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Tel: 01642 771528
Email: [email address]
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