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Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

The Childcare Act 2006 places a legal duty on us to ensure that there is sufficient childcare available in Sheffield to enable parents to work or undertake training to be in work.

A Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) is an assessment of existing childcare provision in the city, mapping supply of, demand for and gaps in the childcare market.

Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities published in September 2013 requires us to produce an annual sufficiency report on the availability and sufficiency of childcare in our area.

If you would like to comment on or speak to someone about the CSA please email

Download the latest Childcare Sufficiency Assessment:


Ward Profiles

To accompany the CSA, we have also produced Ward profiles which break down the CSA information for each ward.


Childcare Market Management

Details of how we will work with providers, schools and other partners are included in the Market Management Strategy, which can be downloaded below.

The strategy outlines key principles and our role in enabling the childcare market in Sheffield to respond to the needs of families.


Potential New Childcare Providers

The childcare market is constantly changing. The estimated shortages indicated in the most recent CSA may have changed by the time you read the assessment.

If you plan to develop childcare, please contact to inform us of your intentions. This will enable us to keep abreast of the potential changes to the childcare market across the city.

  • Modified: Oct 7, 2016 4:12:40 PM