Childcare Sufficiency

Currently waiting for a response from Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

Dear Barnsley 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.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

B Wilson

Information Requests, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

Re: Request for Information – Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information about childcare sufficiency

Your email request was received on 10 February 2020 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request will be processed as soon as possible, and we will try to provide the information within 20 working days as required. The deadline date when the information should be available to you is 9 March 2020

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.


John Shannon

Customer Feedback and Improvement Officer
Customer Services Feedback and Improvement Team
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Postal Address:
Customer Services Feedback and Improvement Team
PO Box 679
S70 9GG

Tel: 01226 772433 (Office) / 07776 674093
Email: [email address]

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