Childcare Sufficiency

B Wilson made this Freedom of Information request to Northumberland County Council

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Dear Northumberland 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

Northumberland County Council

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Northumberland
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Northumberland County Council

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Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to sufficient
childcare.

Right of Access

Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for
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The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions.

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the attached
information in response.

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.  

We undertake a childcare sufficiency audit on an annual basis and as a
result we produce a sufficiency plan. Please see attached.

 

This is normally available on the Northumberland County Council website,
however as we are in the process of upgrading the website the link below
is to the previous plan which will be changed on 1st March:
[1]https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Childr...

 

Families Information Service and the Early Years Team are involved in the
audit process so can provide parents and providers with information upon
request.  

 

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Northumberland County Council
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NE61 2EF

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Yours faithfully

FOI Coordinator -
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

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