Suffolk County Council's statutory duty
Suffolk County Council (SCC) has a statutory duty to ensure there is sufficient childcare for 0 to 14 year olds, whose families wish to access it. SCC also has a statutory duty to ensure there are sufficient early learning places for all eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Childcare provision supports parents or carers who are in work or training for work.
SCC has produced a 2019 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment for Suffolk. This has assessed information about the current and projected supply and demand of childcare for particular age ranges of children, and the affordability, accessibility and quality of provision. This work is undertaken by gathering data on the number of places available, take up of places and population.
Towards the end of the report there is a profile for each area in Suffolk which is known as a cluster. Each cluster includes the district wards within the area. SCC uses this information to plan work supporting the local childcare market. This information is used to target specific areas to ensure that supply matches demand as far as possible. The council also uses this data to respond to housing development enquiries in order to secure provider contributions for the development of early years and childcare places.
Download Suffolk's Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (PDF, 1.7MB).
Suffolk County Council Childcare Survey
Suffolk County Council is reviewing the county's Childcare Sufficiency Assessment. We need as many parents/carers to complete the Suffolk County Council Childcare Survey as possible, including those who currently access childcare and those who may wish to access childcare in the future.
The survey needs to be completed by 21 February 2020. The results of the survey will contribute to the 2020 Suffolk Childcare Sufficiency Assessment which will be published upon completion.
You can help by responding to the survey, and by sharing the survey link as widely as possible to parents/carers to inform them about the survey: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/suffolkchildcare2020.