Childcare Sufficiency

Childcare Sufficiency

A Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) 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 and type of places provided by all providers for childcare provision with demand, the LA can assess the market and prioritise actions to address issues.

The CSA 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.  It is used by North Yorkshire County Council and existing and prospective childcare providers to determine where new additional or different provision is required in order to meet childcare needs.

The Statutory duty of the LA is 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).

Report annually to elected council members on how they are meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare, and make this report available and accessible to parents.

The content of the CSA is defined in the Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance for local authorities Sept 2018.  Please see the following Annual reports:

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment - 2019

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment - 2020

Parents can find information about place availability through the Families Information Service and online:

Contact: The Families Information Service
Address: County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, DL7 8AE
Phone: 01609 533483
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Fridays 8.30am-4.30pm.  Closed 12.30pm to 1.30pm daily. Saturday and Sunday closed.