The Childcare Act 2006 requires each Local Authority in England to secure sufficient childcare for parents in work or engaged in training which will enable them to access employment.

Local Authorities are given a key role in shaping the childcare market and should work in partnership with providers from the private, voluntary, independent and maintained sectors, to create a sustainable and diverse childcare market that meets the needs of parents and carers.

The Childcare Act 2006 states that:

  • Childcare must be sufficient, as far as is reasonably practicable, to meet the needs of parents with children up to the 1 September after their 14th birthday (or until they reach the age of 18 in the case of children with a disability). This also applies to parents undertaking training to enable them to work or return to work.
  • Each Local Authority must carry out a sufficiency assessment of all the childcare in their area at least once every three years.
  • Local Authorities must publish details of their assessments by placing them on their websites and making copies available in public libraries, premises of childcare providers, schools and places that the public have access to as considered appropriate.

Childcare Sufficiency Report 2017

For the most up to date information on childcare levels in Newcastle

Childcare Sufficiency Report 2015

For the most up to date information on childcare levels in Newcastle

Childcare Sufficiency Report 2012

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2011

The most recent Childcare Sufficiency Assessment was published in 2011 and you can download the full report and supporting documents:

The Childcare Sufficiency Team

The team work across the city offering bespoke advice, up to date information and a tailored business support package to meet the needs of new and existing childcare businesses. Please contact the team for advice on:

  • Setting up or expanding childcare provision
  • Business planning and sustainability
  • Governance arrangements

Guide for parents


The Childcare Sufficiency Team
Room 415
Civic Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne
Phone: 0191 277 4669 / 277 4534

Page last updated: 
28 July 2017
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