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Childcare sufficiency

How easy is it to find accessible, affordable, high quality childcare in South Gloucestershire?

We need your help to assess the provision of childcare over the next 12 months.

The Childcare Act 2006 places a statutory duty for local authorities to secure sufficient childcare to meet the needs of working parents and those making the transition to work.

To do this, we consult with:

  • parents
  • childcare providers
  • local employers
  • schools and colleges

to find out how many places may be required.

Once we have measured the demand for childcare places, we will focus on the areas of South Gloucestershire where more places are required. We will also help providers to create new places where they are most needed.

The results of the assessment will be published on this website.  We use this information to help us shape the future of childcare and build capacity, ready for the increase of childcare to 30 hours for 3 and 4 year old children in working families.

Information about all areas of childcare are available at


It is Government policy to enable children of pre-school age to have early education and childcare.  This ensures children have a good start in life and are better prepared for school.  It also helps parents and carers meet work or study commitments.  For children in less advantaged situations, pre-school provision is seen as important in helping to give them the best possible start.

There is universal entitlement for all 3 and 4 year old children to receive 15 hours of free childcare per week during term-time. In September 2014, this was extended to 2 year old children for families in receipt of Tax Credits, with a household income of £16,190 or less per year or on Universal Credit with household earnings of £15,400 or less per year (approximately 40% of the age group).

Since September 2017, 30 hours free childcare has been available to eligible working families of 3 and 4 year old children in England. This is an additional 15 hours on top of the 15 hours available to all parents of 3 and 4 year old children.

Local Authorities have a legal duty to ensure that sufficient childcare places are available for local families. In South Gloucestershire, this is done in partnership with providers and childminders who are in the private, voluntary or independent sectors. We also have a legal responsibility each year to assess local views on the availability of local childcare to check whether it is sufficient.

To do this, we have issued a questionnaire to parents and carers to seek their views on the local position.

Anyone who has a view on the provision of childcare in South Gloucestershire can put their views forward.

Complete the questionnaire to submit your responses.

This will help us to:

  • review the current position
  • identify problems
  • plan improvements

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday 22 July 2022.

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