Childcare capacity in Wales: mapping childcare supply against potential demand

Hannah Thomas, Sarah Crocker, Joseph Wilton, Claire Davies, Mitchel Langford, Gary Higgs

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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This report aims to determine the ability of the existing childcare market to provide for the potential future demands for childcare, particularly when the new Childcare Offer is introduced. This involved three main stages:

Identifying the supply of childcare and where it is located
Identifying which areas in Wales are likely to have higher demand for childcare
Comparing the supply and potential demand

The report seeks to map childcare supply across Wales to potential demand, calculated by the number of children aged under 4 within a reasonable travel distance of registered childcare settings. As a result, an estimate of childcare availability, which is the ratio of supply to demand, has been calculated as the number of hours available to each child based on available childcare in their area.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherWelsh Government
Commissioning bodyCare and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, Welsh Government
Number of pages49
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78859-804-0
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameSocial Research
PublisherWelsh Government


  • Childcare
  • Mapping
  • Capacity


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