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Childcare sufficiency

Our statutory duty

We have a statutory duty to ensure there is sufficient childcare for 0-14 year-olds, whose families wish to access childcare. We also have a statutory duty to ensure there are sufficient early learning places for all eligible 2, 3 and 4 year-olds. Childcare provision needs to support parents or carers who are in work or training for work.

The childcare market in Norfolk

The latest Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) was published in November 2019 with this year’s annual report being endorsed by John Fisher, the Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services. This CSA reports on the sufficiency of the childcare market across Norfolk up to the end of August 2020.

Download the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2020 (pdf)

There are also 36 individual ‘Early Years Sufficiency Profiles’ expanding on the urban areas of Norfolk and where significant housing growth is planned and being developed. These profiles are particularly useful if you are:

The profiles cover specific urban areas of Norfolk where significant housing growth is planned or underway. In some areas more childcare placements will be needed to meet growing demand.

These profiles will be updated regularly during the spring, summer and autumn.

If you wish to obtain one or more profiles or you have any questions please email the Place Planning Officer at

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