Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA)
Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
We have undertaken full Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSAs) for over 30 Local Authorities in England and Wales since their introduction in 2007. Our teams’ experience goes back to the days of childcare audits in the early days of Sure Start and the Childcare Act 2006. Now market leaders in the delivery of full CSAs, our expertise in assessing childcare markets and consulting with providers and parents has helped local authorities of all sizes understand and secure childcare sufficiency for the years ahead.
SUFFICIENCY AND ENTITLEMENTS
The government’s initiatives to make childcare more affordable have meant that local authorities have needed to invest a substantial amount of time in monitoring sufficiency across early years childcare. There has been the requirement for some CSAs to be delivered with a specific focus on the 30 hours childcare offer and it’s developing impacts on the early education entitlement for 2 year olds.
MINDING THE GAP
A key outcome of our sufficiency projects is the production of an in-depth gap analysis, commonly to inform a sufficiency action plan. Our gaps analysis focuses on geographical gaps within localised (including sub local-authority) childcare markets. PAG have also delivered CSAs where informative gaps analysis has been used to inform focused SEND sufficiency and targeted early years business support with providers.
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Premier Advisory Group were commissioned by London Borough of Hounslow in 2018 to carry out a 30 Hours Sufficiency Assessment. They had a professional approach, listened carefully to our requirements, engaged extensively with our providers, gave regular updates on progress and were responsive to requests to further develop data as required. Their final report contributed to planning for the sufficiency of 30 hour places in Hounslow.
Angela Doidge-Nelson, Strategic Lead for Childcare Sufficiency, London Borough of Hounslow
"Calderdale Council commissioned Premier Advisory Group in 2018 to carry out a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment parents’ survey. Their approach was professional, we were regularly updated and they listened carefully to our requirements as the project progressed. Their final report contributed to planning for the sufficiency of childcare in Calderdale, and in particular the consultation reported back parents’ and carers’ views on the delivery, process and impact of the 30 hour childcare offer since its inception in 2017."
Nikki Wood, Senior Early Years and Childcare Sufficiency Officer, Calderdale Council
"Thank you for producing the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment for Cheshire East Council. The research was managed effectively and the report produced on time. The gaps analysis and actions provide a clear focus for future planning."
Mark Thornton, Childcare Development Manager, Cheshire East Council