Childcare Sufficiency

Catherine Williams made this Freedom of Information request to Dorset Council

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Catherine Williams

Dear Dorset 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,

Catherine Williams

Freedom of Information, Dorset Council

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Freedom of Information, Dorset Council

Dear Ms Williams,

 

Information Request – reference no. DC1545

 

Thank you for your information request dated 11^th February, which has
been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

Please note: Dorset Council was created from 1^st April 2019 covering the
areas/services of the following former councils – Dorset County Council,
East Dorset District Council, Dorset Councils Partnership (made up of
North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth &
Portland Borough Council) and Purbeck District Council.

 

Our response to your request is below, and you will not receive separate
responses from the former councils.

 

Our most recent sufficiency report we’ve published is available on our
website [1]here. We are about to begin updating it, though it is not
something that can be updated quickly as it requires information
collecting.

 

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