• Simon Tanner

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2017

Wavehill were commissioned by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council in September 2016 to undertake a full update of the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment for the area in line with Welsh Government statutory requirements.

The main data collection undertaken, with direct support of the Early Years and Childcare Team and the Family Information Service (FIS) at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, involved a full assessment of the demand and supply of childcare in the county borough. It included Analysis of the Self-Assessment of Service Statement (SASS) data from the CSSIW for all registered childcare providers in Merthyr Tydfil; Telephone survey of non-CSSIW registered childcare settings and Registered Settings; Depth telephone interviews with members of the Early Years and Childcare team to identify the key delivery challenges and details of the training and workforce development activity currently provided to the sector; Researcher led consultation visits were undertaken with up to eight childcare settings to consult with children aged 2-14; Six parent/carer focus groups in line with the Childcare Act 2006 Guidance covering under-represented groups and a spread across age of children and geography across the county borough; A telephone survey of employers; A survey of parents utilising a questionnaire supplied by Welsh Government; and depth telephone interviews with key stakeholders and partners (including umbrella organisations) to identify strategic issues affecting childcare delivery in Merthyr Tydfil.

The work supported MTCBC reporting against statutory requirements to the Welsh Government and its own assessment of the demand for the 30 hour childcare offer in the county borough.

For more information please contact Simon.Tanner@wavehill.com