The Childcare Act 2006 gives local authorities a key role in shaping the childcare market in their area and all local authorities have a duty of securing, so far as is reasonably practicable, sufficient childcare to meet the requirements of parents in order to enable them to:
- take up, or remain in, work, or
- undertake education or training which could reasonably be expected to assist them to obtain work.
The Children and Families Act 2014 requires that a report be prepared annually for elected council members on how they are meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare.
Working in partnership with providers from the private, voluntary, independent and maintained sectors, Hounslow Council looks to create sufficient, sustainable and flexible childcare that meets the needs of parents. The 2017 Childcare Sufficiency Report summarises the key priorities and gives an overview of the local childcare market as well as the demand for childcare in the borough.
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