Barnet Council is giving parents, parents-to-be and carers until 4 December to tell the council whether existing childcare is accessible, affordable – and is meeting people’s needs in the borough.
Under the Childcare Act 2006, all local authorities have a legal duty to make sure there are sufficient childcare places for local parents.
Councils are required to report annually on how they are meeting this duty.
The council is carrying out a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA), enabling parents to give feedback on how Barnet Council childcare services are performing and meeting the needs of residents.
Parents can take part in the assessment by completing a questionnaire on the Council’s engage website – or can email the council for more information or to request a hard copy of the questionnaire.
At the same time, childcare providers – including children’s centres, childminders and nurseries – are completing a questionnaire to help the council build up a picture of services that are available in the borough.
Chairman of the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee, Councillor Reuben Thompstone, said:
“The CSA is a very important way in which parents can help shape future childcare services in Barnet.
“Gathering the views and experiences of parents helps us make sure that childcare being offered meets their needs both now and in the future – and that there is enough choice of high quality provision available across the borough.
“I would like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved and give us their views.”
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