Early Years Child Care Sufficiency

Sally Watson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

In accordance with https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

1) Could you provide me with your 2020 Early Years Childcare Sufficiency Assessment that the council is required to commission as a statutory duty.

2) The Early Years report to cabinet for 2020 that covers section 'B2 of the Early education and childcare statutory guidance 2018' (below) regarding the councils sufficiency reporting to elected members, which is a statutory duty on the council.

[B.2]
Report annually to elected council members on how they are meeting their duty to
secure sufficient childcare, and make this report available and accessible to parents.
Local authorities are responsible for determining the appropriate level of detail in their
report, geographical division and date of publication. The report should include:

• a specific reference to how they are ensuring there is sufficient childcare available
to meet the needs of: children with special educational needs and disabilities;
children from families in receipt of the childcare element of Working Tax Credit or
Universal Credit; children with parents who work irregular hours; children aged
two, three and four taking up free places; school age children; and children
needing holiday care;

• information about the current and projected supply and demand of childcare for
particular age ranges of children, and the affordability, accessibility and quality of
provision; and

• details of how any gaps in childcare provision will be addressed.

Yours faithfully,

Sally Watson

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Ms Watson

 

Request for Information RFI-2590-21

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to Early Years Child
Care Sufficiency which was received on 28 February 2021.

 

In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
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Yours sincerely,

Fakhara Qanwal

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

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Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Watson,

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI-2590-21

 

Further to your request for information about Early Years Child Care
Sufficiency, I can tell you the following:

The Schools Forum report attached provides the update to childcare
sufficiency and we are in the process of commissioning a 2021 sufficiency
statement.   The 2020 commission to update the childcare sufficiency
information did not take place due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Information Act 2000 requests will be subject to copyright protection.  In
most cases the copyright will be owned by Walsall Council. The copyright
in respect of other information may be owned by another person or
organisation, as indicated.

 

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request for your own non-commercial research or private study purposes.
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limitation or exception in copyright law, such as news reporting.
 However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the
information in analogue or digital form, including on the internet, will
require the permission of the copyright owner.

  

I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
dissatisfied, you should set out in writing your grounds for complaint and
send to: Corporate Assurance Manager, Resources & Transformation, Civic
Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a decision.
Please remember that, generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you
have first exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF. [1]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely,

Anne Perks

Assurance Officer

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [2]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  [3]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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Gadawodd Sally Watson anodiad ()

WMBC failed to complete the EY Sufficiency Assessment in 2020 and have blamed 'Covid' despite other councils being able to complete it.