Briefing: Childcare Sufficiency and Sustainability in disadvantaged areas

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
January 22, 2013
Andrew Crompton
Issues Covered
  • childcare
  • disadvantaged areas
  • free early years entitlement
  • two-year olds
Children's services and education
Related briefings

Extending Free Early Education to More Two-year Olds – DfE consultation (September 2012)

Foundations for quality The Independent Review of Early Education and Childcare Qualifications (August 2012)

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (May 2012)

Children’s Services – Regulation of Early Years Providers – Ofsted consultation (January 2012),

Education Act 2011 (November 2011)

The Childcare Sufficiency and Sustainability in disadvantaged areas DfE research report considers the early years and childcare market in disadvantaged areas and the impact implementing the new statutory requirement to provide up to 15 hours a week of childcare for disadvantaged children from September 2013 onwards. It considers how local authorities (LAs) and providers act, and think about the future within that market, and what parental perspectives are. The paper focuses in particular on financial sustainability, and suggests that the role of LAs is important in disadvantaged areas, both in terms of quality and sustainability.

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