Childcare Act 2006
The Childcare Act 2006 expands and clarifies in legislation the vital role Local Authorities play as strategic leaders in the provision of childcare locally. The Childcare Act reinforces the framework within which Local Authorities already work – in partnership with the private, voluntary, independent, community and maintained sector – to shape and secure children’s services, and focuses in particular on the provision of:
- sufficient, sustainable and flexible childcare that is responsive to parents’ needs; and
- information, advice and assistance to parents, prospective parents and those with parental responsibility or care of a child, relating to childcare.
Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
The Ceredigion Family Information Service on behalf of the County Council undertook a major childcare survey to gather the views of parents, carers and employers – as well as children and young people themselves. The local authority is legally required to complete a Childcare Assessment (CSA) as a statutory duty of the Childcare Act 2006.