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Securing Sufficient Childcare

Statutory guidance for local authorities in carrying out their childcare sufficiency duties

This document provides statutory guidance to local authorities in support of their duties under the Childcare Act 2006 to secure sufficient childcare. It updates the guidance included in two earlier documents: Childcare Sufficiency Assessments: Guidance for Local Authorities and Securing Sufficient Childcare, both published in 2007.

Much of this guidance is based on effective practice developed in local authorities or across regions since the first guidance was published. It is intended to be a framework to steer local authorities through their sufficiency responsibilities. We have avoided being too prescriptive so that local authorities have room to respond to local needs and circumstances.