Dear Derbyshire County 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.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

B Wilson

Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy), Derbyshire County Council

Dear B Wilson,

I write to acknowledge receipt of your request for information received on 11 February 2020.

Your request will be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Authorities are required to respond promptly to requests and in any event within 20 working days following the date of receipt. In your case we calculate this to be by 10 March 2020. However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and if possible before this date.

Yours sincerely,

Business Services Assistant
Access 2 Information Team
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
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Tony Smith (Childrens Services), Derbyshire County Council

Dear B. Wilson,

 

Thank you for your information request dated 11 February 2020. I can
confirm that we do hold the requested information. The request has been
considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The response to
your request is as follows:

 

The Sufficiency Assessment is for the period 2019 – 2020, this can be
found on the Derbyshire County Council website and is situated at the
bottom of the page using the link below:

 

[1]www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/early-years-childcare/childcare/childcare.aspx

 

I hope this now deals with your request for information. However should
you wish the outcome to be reviewed, please follow the procedure as set
out below;

 

Stage 1:

In the first instance, please send in your comments, and wherever
possible, a copy of your request and the covering letter enclosing the
information or refusing your request to:

 

Access to Information Solicitor

Legal Services

Derbyshire County Council

County Hall

Matlock

DE4 3AG

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Information Commissioner’s Office

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Cheshire

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Kind regards

 

Tony Smith

 

Tony Smith

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From: B Wilson [[9]mailto:[FOI #645494 email]]

Sent: 11 February 2020 16:10

To: Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy)
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Subject: Freedom of Information request - Childcare Sufficiency

 

Dear Derbyshire County 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.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

B Wilson

 

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