Audience: All parents/carers, childcare providers, schools, umbrella childcare organisations, employers etc are encouraged to comment on the content of the Executive Summary Report.
Council department / service: Education and Children, Children Services
Why are we consulting
The Childcare Act 2006 (Local Authority Assessment) (Wales) Regulations 2016 placed a Statutory Duty on Local Authorities to undertake a full Childcare Sufficiency Assessment at three year intervals initially, then more recently, five year intervals. The Assessment is a necessary step to securing ‘sufficient’ childcare provision in the County. It aims to analyse the demand for and supply of childcare within the county. As part of the Assessment process the Local Authority are required to identify childcare gaps and make recommendations that will meet the needs of local parents and carers, enabling families to balance their working and caring responsibilities.
To date Carmarthenshire County Council has published four full Childcare Sufficiency Assessments in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2017 respectively. We have recently completed our fifth Statutory DRAFT Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (2022-27) and are now required by Welsh Government to consult for a 28 day period on the DRAFT Executive Summary Report. We want to ensure that the current childcare challenges/gaps that we have identified , and new recommendations that we have formulated are a true reflection of our local childcare market. We have considered the impact of the Pandemic on the childcare sector and future changing demand for childcare.
How to get involved
Please read the DRAFT Executive Summary Report which can be located in the downloads section below and take part in the online Carmarthenshire survey.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss the DRAFT Executive Summary Report further.
The information/comments you give us will be carefully considered, and will enable us to produce a Final Full Report , Executive Summary Report and an accompanying Action Plan to further develop childcare within the county.