Dear Wirral Metropolitan 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 parents.

Therefore, I would like to request your most recent evidence of this reporting, and where parents are able to access this.

Yours faithfully,

B Wilson

Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear B Wilson,


Thank you for your recent request for information. please see our response


This is the link to the childcare sufficiency report.




We are currently in the process of editing the new one for 2020, hopefully
will be published in a  couple of weeks.


Therefore this part of your  request is therefore refused under Section 21
of the Freedom of Information Act, ‘information reasonably accessible by
other means’. Further guidance on Section 21 can be found on the
Information Commissioner’s website at [2]this link.


I trust this will assist you with your enquiries.


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to ask for an internal review of the refusal of the information
requested.  Please direct any request for an internal review to
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have the right to complain to the information Commissioner,     



Yours sincerely,



Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

Treasury Building

Cleveland Street


CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 666 5201

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