Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA)

The Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on English local authorities to improve outcomes for children and young people, to secure sufficient childcare so that parents and carers can work, and to provide information about the various forms of childcare available to them.

The purpose of the CSA

We identify gaps in the childcare market, so that we can plan how to support the market to ensure sufficient childcare provision. The CSA focuses on formal registered childcare provision and formal unregistered childcare provision wherever possible, and involves childcare for 0 to 14 year olds, and 18 year olds for disabled children and children with learning difficulties.

Aim of assessment

The aim of this assessment is to identify gaps in the market and plan the steps to secure sufficient childcare. In this context, ‘sufficient’ means having the right type and volume of childcare to meet the needs of parents/carers in the local community. We want to ensure there are sufficient places for 2, 3 and 4 year old children to access their free early education entitlement and to support parents who are in work or who are seeking work.


Early Years and Childcare Team
Tel 01270 685888

How can I find out about general information on childcare?

You can contact the Family Information Service for general advice and guidance on childcare issues.

Detailed reports

Cheshire East Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2018-2019

Cheshire East Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2015

Cheshire East Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2011

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