Wiltshire

Wiltshire childcare services reviewed

People living in Wiltshire are being asked for their opinions about childcare services across the county.

Earlier this year a survey of almost 2,000 parents or guardians by Wiltshire Council revealed nearly a third had work-related childcare issues.

Some of the areas highlighted included problems with starting or keeping a job, or training.

Residents have until 20 March to tell the council what they think. A final report will be published on 1 April.

'Opening hours'

The survey asked whether parents had problems accessing childcare - including registered childminders, nurseries, pre-schools and creches.

It asked whether residents used them, where they are, and how affordable they were.

It looked at opening hours and whether these were an obstacle to their use.

A Wiltshire Council spokeswoman said it was possible that some respondents who said they had problems might not be aware of all the options available.

"For example they may not be aware of the Sure Start children's centres or children's groups around the county," she explained.

Under the Childcare Act 2006 local authorities are required to ensure as far as is reasonably practical that the provision of childcare is sufficient to meet the requirements of parents in order to enable them to work or undertake education or training leading to work.

Councils are required to make this assessment every three years.

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