Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
Client: The Learning Trust, Hackney
The Childcare Act 2006 expands and clarifies in legislation the vital role local authorities play as strategic leaders in facilitating the childcare market.
Hackney undertook a full Childcare Sufficiency Assessment in 2007/08. Local authorities need to consider updating their assessment whenever new data become available, but should do so to the extent possible at least annually. This commission was in response to this requirement.
CPC were commissioned to undertake a refresh of the data linked to demographic change and employment. Specifically, an update of the following information was required:
- Census, demographic and birth statistics
- Information from Ofsted on childcare provision within Hackney
- Any property or regeneration developments in the borough which affect population density
- Changes to employment patterns
- Information from the local Early Years & Play team
Benefits for The Learning Trust included:
- Updated demographic analysis for children aged 0-14 years and of the numbers of children with disabilities up to age 17 years
- Updated analysis of provision within the borough
- An assessment of what changes Hackney needed to make to the priorities outlined in the CSA summary document
- An assessment of the changes Hackney needed to make to the actions outlined in the CSA Action Plan
- An assessment of any issues Hackney Learning Trust may wish to consider when undertaking a further full assessment, which is due in 2010/11