Childcare sufficiency assessment

2018 sufficiency report

We have published the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment for 2018.

This covers the period April 2017 to March 2018 and provides an analysis of the early years and childcare provision in Buckinghamshire identifying any gaps and our action plan to address these. It also considers the impact of legislative changes across the sector and the introduction of the extended free entitlement also known as the '30 hours' offer on the availability of provision across Buckinghamshire.

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment - 2018 (pdf)


Childcare Act

The Childcare Act 2006 placed duties on all local authorities to secure sufficient childcare, so far as is reasonably practicable, for working parents, or parents who are studying or training for employment, for children aged 0-14 (or up to 25 for disabled children).

The Children and Families Act 2014 placed a duty on the council to report annually to elected council members on how they are meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare and make this report available and accessible to parents.



If you require any further information or advice about childcare, please go to the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service website.

We constantly review demand for childcare and would like to hear your views on childcare in Buckinghamshire, the type of provision you use and how we can best meet your needs.  

If you have further comments or questions about childcare, email

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