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Child Minders

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what estimate she has made of the number of children of preschool age in the care of child-minders.

At 31st March 1974, the most recent date for which figures are available, 85,000 children in England were in the care of registered persons; of these, 57,000 were receiving all-day care and 28,000 sessional care. It is not possible to make an informed estimate of the total number of children being cared for by unregistered minders.