Childcare Development and Sustainability – Draft Commissioning Strategy

Closed 11 Mar 2018

Opened 15 Jan 2018

Results expected 25 May 2018

Feedback Updated 10 Sep 2018

We Asked

The Local Authority has a statutory responsibility to ensure that there is sufficient good quality childcare in the area.  Consultation on the draft plan for the recommissioning of the Childcare Development and Sustainability Service was carried out during the 15th January 2018 to 11th March 2018. 

You Said

We received 135 responses.  Please see the attached link for further details.

We Did

Following consultation, the Childcare Development and Sustainability Service received Cabinet approval on the 3rd July 2018 and went through a competitive tender process in 10 July 2018.  This service will commence on the 1 January 2019 with a maximum annual cost of £305,000.

Please see item No 10 from this link


The overall aim of the Childcare Development and Sustainability Service is to improve outcomes for families, children and young people in Bristol through access to high quality, sustainable and affordable childcare provision.

This Service will help us fulfil our statutory duties in relation to early years and childcare provision by commissioning a provider to facilitate and support the local childcare market.

Our current contract with the existing provider of the Childcare Development and Sustainability Service is coming to an end and we plan to recommission this service by January 2019.

We have written a draft commissioning strategy which sets out our commissioning priorities and procurement recommendations.

Why We Are Consulting

Your views are very important as they will help shape future services and commissioning arrangements.

We would like to hear from organisations that develop and support childcare, childcare providers, parents/carers, other professionals and anyone else who is interested.

What Happens Next

The feedback from this consultation will be used to inform the final commissioning strategy and proposals which will be taken to the Mayor and Cabinet for decision in June 2018.


  • All Areas


  • Children / Young People
  • Expert Stakeholders
  • Parents, carers and guardians
  • Equalities group(s)
  • Community & Voluntary organisations


  • Children and young people