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Child Care

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the operation of the Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative in (a) the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (b) Teesside and (c) the Government Office North East region, including the (i) level of funding and (ii) number of child care places created. [115533]

The Neighbourhood Nurseries Programme is making good progress.Overall, 5,375 places are planned for the North East Region supported by £11.618,599 capital and £27,796,549 revenue funding. Our monitoring returns show that over 500 Neighbourhood Nursery places have so far been provided in the region. In Middlesbrough

South, a 50-place Neighbourhood Nursery will be provided in Coulby Newham serving the disadvantaged wards of Henlington, Stainton and Thornton. In East Cleveland, 84 places will be provided in the following wards:

  • Skelton—34 places
  • Loftus—10 places
  • Guisborough—40 places.

1,528 places are in various stages of development in the Tees Valley.