Securing Sufficient Childcare in Southend-on-Sea

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) is a Statutory Duty.

Local authorities are required 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).

The outcome is that parents are able to work because childcare places are available, accessible and affordable and are delivered flexibly in a range of high quality settings (Early education and childcare- Statutory guidance for local authorities, June 2018).

The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) is a local detailed study into the supply and demand of childcare within Southend and is a vital tool to share information with the public, elected members and the childcare market itself.

Sufficiency information is requested from registered providers on a termly basis. This information is used to map sufficiency in the Borough to ensure there are enough places offered to meet demand.

Before you become a childminder or open a new setting, it is your responsibility to research childcare sufficiency in your area to ensure that your business will be viable, sustainable and that you are meeting the local needs of your community.

We would always recommend that you also undertake your own market research alongside using this data as we do ask for children on roll and their current capacity as a general.

Existing settings should use the sufficiency data when looking to expand or apply for capital funding.

Please see the Sufficiency Report which provides an overview of the availability and quality of childcare by Ward for those looking to potentially set up a new early years and childcare provision.


Page last updated: 19/02/2019