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 2019 Darlington Borough Council carried out a Childcare Sufficiency Review which looked at childcare for children aged up to 14 years or 18 years for those young people with a disability.  The Local Authority gathered the thoughts and comments of over 200 families about the local childcare market.  The review also includes an accompanying action plan looking at how the gaps which were identified in the local childcare offer, can be met.

Darlington’s Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2019-20 [PDF document]

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. The Department for Education guidance [external link] sets out the process schools should go through when considering these requests.

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