Childcare sufficiency assessment

Every local authority has a duty to ensure sufficient high quality childcare. This includes holiday and out of school provision for children up to the age of 14 years, or 17 years if they have a disability. This service enables parents to work or undertake education or training leading to work. 

Every three years local authorities are required to carry out a full refresh of the childcare sufficiency assessment (CSA) within their area. They must also regularly review levels of distribution, provision and to analyse parental demand. 

Our 2011 childcare sufficiency assessment (pdf, 2.9mb) is now complete.

What the CSA do

  • identifies gaps in supply of provision to meet parental need for childcare to support those in work, or education, training leading to work
  • helps Southwark to integrate its arrangements for securing childcare sufficiency with the wider consultation, planning and decision making for children's services
  • provides a comprehensive and robust analysis of the local childcare market which will enable the authority to confidently put in place the action needed to meet the duty to secure sufficient childcare

Page last updated: 15 September 2017