The Board received a report from the Strategic Director, People, which provided a summary of the revised Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) Review; this was attached to the report at Appendix 1.
It was noted that Sections 6 and 7 of The Childcare Act (2006) and the associated statutory guidance: Early Education and Childcare – Statutory guidance for local authorities (March 2018), required all local authorities in England to undertake and provide an annual childcare sufficiency report to elected Council Members on how they were meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare and to make it available to the public. In accordance with this, Halton’s Childcare Sufficiency Assessment had been reviewed and updated; this was attached to the report.
The report detailed achievements since the last review and outlined Halton’s current position. It also highlighted any gaps in provision and explained how these were being addressed. The Board welcomed and approved the revised Childcare Sufficiency Assessment.
RESOLVED: That the Board approves the revised Childcare Sufficiency Assessment.