Childcare audit (sufficiency assessment)

Darlington Borough Council has a statutory duty under The Children and Families’ Act 2014 and the Childcare Act 2016, to ensure there is sufficient childcare, as far as is reasonably practicable, for working parents, or parents who are studying or training for employment.

In Summer 2018 the Council commissioned a pre-school childcare gap analysis (including feedback from parents and local employers regarding the local childcare market), carried out a childcare sufficiency assessment and drafted an accompanying action plan looking at how we can 'plug the childcare gaps' which have been highlighted for children aged up to 14 years (or 18 years for those young people with a disability).

Department for Education Parent and Childcare Provider ‘Rights to Request’

In Summer 2016, the Department for Education established the parent and childcare provider ‘rights to request’ to use school facilities for wrap around and/or holiday childcare at times when the school is not using them. ‘Rights to request’ refer to children from Reception up to the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 9) and a parent’s ‘right to request’ refers only to the school that their child attends. Department for Education guidance sets out the process schools should go through when considering these requests.

If you would like to comment on childcare in the Borough, either: