14 January 2011

Northamptonshire families are being asked to take part in a survey to help ensure the county is providing enough appropriate childcare for their needs.

An assessment of childcare provision in the county is being carried out by Northamptonshire County Council over the coming weeks to determine the views and experience of parents and carers. The information gathered will feed into the production of an action plan to identify where improvement is needed, how future demand can be addressed and what steps need to be taken.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “The survey of parents and carers is one element of a wider assessment which will help us to build up a countywide picture of childcare provision.

“We need to ensure that the supply of childcare services in the county is meeting demand, is of an acceptable quality and is accessible to all families. A particular focus of the survey is assessing the needs of families with disability needs, families from minority ethnic groups and families living on a low income, so we’re keen to hear from parents in those groups.”

The aim of the county-wide sufficiency assessment, due to be published in March 2011, is to improve the provision of local childcare for children and young people aged 0-14 years (0-17 years in the case of children with special education needs and/or disabilities.

Surveys will be available online for parents and carers until Saturday 19th February 2011. It can be found be accessing the home page of the council’s website.

All those taking part in the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 of Marks & Spencer vouchers