Childcare Sufficiency

School Nurseries Capital Fund 2018

In September 2018, the Department for Education (DfE) announced a capital bidding round of £30 million to create new high quality school based nursery places for disadvantaged 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Applications are encouraged from schools with a track record with OFSTED, and at least 20% of pupils eligible for free school meals.

Education Provision Planning is working with relevant schools to submit bids by the deadline of 15th November 2018.

For further details please email Jenny Haines, Provision Planning Analyst.

Parent and Carer Childcare Survey 2018

Local Authorities have a duty to ensure that there are enough high quality childcare places at the times and in the places that families need them. As part of an ongoing aim to encourage families back to work, the government has introduced a number of initiatives to support families of 2, 3 and 4 year olds to access good quality flexible and affordable childcare.

In order to gain an understanding of the views and experiences of parents and carers of children aged 2-4 in Worcestershire, a survey was opened over 6 weeks from Monday 11 June to Friday 20 July 2018. Over that time, we received 380 responses from parents and carers with 2,3,and 4 year old children from across the county. To support the survey, staff from Worcestershire County Council also visited a number of playgroups, toddler groups, and library sessions to meet with parents and carers to hear their views directly.

The results of this survey and accompanying discussions supported the creation of the Worcestershire Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2018, which can be downloaded below.


Download: Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2019

Download: Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2018

Download: Appendix 1 Parental Survey Summer 2018 Results

Download: Appendix 2 Early Years Childcare Sufficiency Discussion Groups Findings

Download: Appendix 3.1 Bromsgrove District Wards Map

Download: Appendix 3.2 Malvern Hills District Wards Map

Download: Appendix 3.3 Redditch District Wards Map

Download: Appendix 3.4 Worcester District Wards Map

Download: Appendix 3.5 Wychavon District Wards Map

Download: Appendix 3.6 Wyre Forest District Wards Map

Find out more about free childcare at your local children's centre or visit the Free childcare page.