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Childcare Sufficiency

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Childcare Sufficiency Report

The Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on local authorities to ensure, that provision of childcare is sufficient to meet the needs of parents in their area, in order for them to work or undertake education or training. Cumbria's Childcare Sufficiency report considers all the factors that influence the demand and supply of childcare throughout the county. It analyses any current and future gaps in provision, making recommendations to meet demand.

Impact of COVID19 Report - Spring 2021 (PDF- 2Mb)

Childcare Sufficiency Report 2019 (PDF 3MB)

Childcare Sufficiency contact

If you would like to give feedback on the Childcare Sufficiency Report, or need a paper copy of any of these documents, please contact the Children's Information Service on 03457 125 737.

Alternatively, you can reach us by email at

What is Childcare Sufficiency?

A Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) is an assessment of existing childcare provision in the borough, mapping supply of, demand for and gaps in the childcare market.

In order to meet this duty, local authorities are required to undertake a detailed assessment of the supply and demand for childcare in their area.

What is Sufficiency In Assessment?

Sufficiency has to do with the amount of information required to provide upport for the contents of the evaluation report,

For example .......  will the evidence be sufficient to persuade a reasonable person that the observations and conclusions are valid, and the recommendations appropriate.

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