Redcar and Cleveland Childcare Sufficiency Assessment


Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council commissioned Ceeda to carry out a full Childcare Sufficiency Assessment and Action Plan

The research and consultation process was detailed and extensive including:

  • Telephone and face to face interviews with 1,112 families reporting the detailed childcare arrangements and preferences of 1,624 children
  • Targeted recruitment activities to ensure the research reflects the views of parents of children with a disability or additional need and families from minority ethnic groups
  • Four case studies with teenage parents
  • A focus group with Gypsy Traveller parents.
  • Three consultation sessions with children under five
  • A survey of 2,327 school pupils on their preferences for out of school activities
  • Mystery shops of the childcare market
  • A survey of 113 employers in private, public and voluntary sector organisations
  • A survey of 110 registered childcare providers in the borough
  • An occupancy audit of registered providers across the borough
  • Consultation with Council Officers and partner organisations
  • Desk research on social and economic trends that may impact on future childcare demand in the borough

This comprehensive evidence base has been used to assess nine benchmarks of sufficiency and produce a focused action plan.