Bristol City Council is inviting feedback on proposals for the future of the Childcare Development and Sustainability Service (CDSS), and these proposals are outlined in our draft commissioning strategy
. The draft strategy sets out how and why the council plans to continue to commission the service and sets out the wider information about childcare in Bristol, which has informed our proposed approach.
We would like to hear from parents and carers, organisations that develop and support childcare, childcare providers and the general public to help shape any final decisions.
What is the Childcare Development and Sustainability Service?
The overall aim of the Childcare Development and Sustainability Service is to support families, children and young people by making sure they can access high quality, sustainable and affordable childcare. It does this by:
- Developing new childcare provision
- Making childcare provision more sustainable (or future-proof)
- Improving the quality of childcare provision
The service also helps us fulfil the council’s statutory childcare duties, including the duty to ensure there is enough childcare available across Bristol for working parents of children aged 0-14, or 0-18 for children with a disability.
The service has also been supporting the childcare sector through the financial and practical challenges of COVID-19, which have had a significant and sustained impact on childcare providers throughout the city.
How is the Childcare Development and Sustainability Service currently delivered?
Under current arrangements, a single provider has had a contract with the council to deliver the CDSS since January 2019. This current arrangement was the subject of a public consultation in 2018, while significant savings were being sought across the council. The feedback to the consultation in 2018 made clear the need for training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for childcare providers to remain part of the CDSS despite the need to make savings, therefore the council ensured that these continued to be offered as part of the service. You can find out more about this consultation and how the feedback helped shape the current service here.