Childcare Sufficiency

Childcare Sufficiency

A childcare sufficiency assessment compares the supply of early education and childcare places in an area to the demand for places. Demand for childcare is based on the number of children in the area. By comparing the supply of places being provided by pre-schools, nurseries, childminders and schools with demand, we can identify whether there are requirements for more places, and in which areas or communities.

The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment will be of interest to parents, providers and anyone investigating the supply of childcare across North Yorkshire. It provides an overview of the childcare market across the county and is used by both North Yorkshire County Council and existing and prospective childcare providers to determine where new or additional provision is required in order to meet national statutory duties.

The national statutory sufficiency duty requires each Local Authority in England to:

  • secure sufficient childcare for working parents (or parents in education/training) - to ensure there is childcare available to enable parents to take up or remain in work or to undertake education or training to assist them in obtaining work.
  • secure prescribed early years provision - to ensure that all children under school age, as described in regulations or in guidance from the Secretary of State, can access funded nursery education.
  • assess childcare provision - to ensure local authorities undertake an assessment to childcare provision in their area to enable them to meet their duty to secure sufficient childcare for working parents

The content of the sufficiency assessment is defined in the DFE 2017 Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance. Please see the following Annual reports and termly updates:


Parents can find information about place availability through the Families Information Service and online: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/search-childcare

If you are interested in setting up an early years provision or becoming a childminder in North Yorkshire, we can share information about the sufficiency assessment in your area to inform your plans.

Contact: Strategic Early Years Team
Address: County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, DL7 8AE
Email: fis.information@northyorks.gov.uk
Phone: 01609 533483
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Fridays 8.30am-4.30pm Saturday and Sunday closed.