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Childcare Sufficiency Report

Under the Childcare Act 2006, Bedford Borough Council has a duty to make sure there is sufficient childcare provision in the Borough to enable parents to work, or undertake education and training leading to work.

In support of this duty, we are required to report annually to elected council members on how we are meeting our duty to secure sufficient childcare and make this report available and accessible to parents.

Local authorities are responsible for determining the appropriate level of detail in their report, geographical division and date of publication.

However, the report should include:

  • a specific reference to how they are ensuring there is sufficient childcare available to meet the needs of: disabled children; children from families in receipt of the childcare element of Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit; children aged two, three and four taking up early education places; school age children; and children needing holiday care
  • information about the supply and demand of childcare for particular age ranges of children, and the affordability, accessibility and quality of provision
  • details of how any gaps in childcare provision will be addressed.

Childcare Sufficiency Report 2018-19

Download the Childcare Sufficiency Report 2018-19 (PDF).

If you have any comments regarding the Childcare Sufficiency Report or comments in general regarding childcare in your area then please contact Bedford Borough Family Information Service:

Freephone: 0800 023 2057
Email: fis@bedford.gov.uk