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Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

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In accordance with Section 6 of the 2006 Childcare Act, the Birmingham Early Years and Childcare Team has been looking at what childcare is available across the city. This involves the team speaking to parents / carers and childcare providers. The research is known as the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA).

The team has commissioned BMG Research to undertake the 2011 assessment to identify childcare needs. For the first time, the assessment incorporates aspects of short breaks for disabled children where these overlap with childcare, for example, holiday schemes, after-school clubs and weekend clubs.

BMG surveyed over 4,000 households (spread across all 40 wards) who have at least one child living in the household aged 0-16 years, or 17 to 18 years if the child has a disability or special need. Questions predominantly focused on the experience, quality, and affordability of using childcare / short breaks and the types of childcare / short breaks families are seeking or may seek in future.

In addition to parent interviews, a survey of 300 childcare providers and 100 employers was undertaken; as well as numerous ‘focus group’ consultations to further investigate the issues behind the statistics. The findings are used to assess childcare usage and requirements, to ensure that sufficient childcare of the right type can be provided to meet families’ needs over the next two to three years. It is hoped that responses from a wide cross-section of households will assist the team in effectively supporting childcare providers, parents and their children.

The final version of the 2011 Birmingham Childcare Sufficiency Assessment is available below.