Section 11 of the Childcare Act requires all local authorities to carry out an assessment of the sufficiency of childcare. This means looking at the flexibility, sustainability and responsiveness of childcare provision to meet the needs of local communities.
Rochdale Council has a duty not only to secure sufficiency, its role is also to act as the co-ordinating body drawing up plans with a wide range of partners such as local health partners, Jobcentre Plus, schools, children's centres, childcare providers and other groups. Our partners were all consulted as part of the sufficiency assessment along with parents and children who play a key role in determining how and what provision is secured.
The assessment process within Rochdale has provided lots of evidence and information to help us facilitate and shape the childcare market in the borough.