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Child Care

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places were available in Swindon in each year since 1997. (86636)

The available information on child care places, for Swindon local authority area, is shown in Tables 1 and 2.

Table 1: Number1, 2 of day care places for children under eight years of age by type of provider, Swindon local authority area, position at 31 March each year, 1997 to 2002

Type of provider

19973

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

Day nurseries

n/a

n/a

1,100

1,100

1,100

n/a

Playgroups and pre-schools

n/a

n/a

1,600

1,500

1,500

n/a

Child minders

n/a

n/a

2,200

2,200

2,100

n/a

Out of school clubs

n/a

n/a

550

680

840

n/a

Holiday schemes4

n/a

n/a

2,700

1,300

1,400

n/a

Family Centres

n/a

n/a

5—-

5—-

5—-

n/a

n/a = Not available.

1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 or 100 places.

2 Data Source: Children’s Day Care Facilities Survey.

3 Affected by local government reorganisation on 1 April 1997.

4 From 1999, places were counted once for each school holiday. Before 1999, places were counted once each year.

5 Under 5.

Table 2: Number1, 2 of registered child care places for children under eight years of age by type of care, Swindon local authority area, position at 31 March each year, 2003 to 2006

Type of care

2003

2004

2005

2006

Full day care

1,200

1,800

2,100

2,200

Sessional day care

1,400

1,400

1,300

1,200

Child minders

1,900

1,800

1,800

2,000

Out of school day care

1,300

1,500

1,500

1,400

Crèche day care

100

100

100

100

1 Rounded to the nearest 100 places.

2 Data Source: Ofsted.

The figures for child care places for 2003 to 2006 are not directly comparable with the day care figures for 1997 to 2001. The figures for 2003 to 2006 were derived from the Ofsted database of registered child care providers. The figures for 1997 to 2001 were derived from the Children’s Day Care Facilities Survey, which was discontinued in 2001. There are no figures for 2002.

With the introduction of the National Day Care Standards and the transfer of responsibilities for registration and inspection of child care providers from local authority social service departments to Ofsted in September 2001, child care places were classified according to the type of day care provided: full day care, sessional day care, child minder, out of school day care or crèche day care. Ofsted have produced figures based on this classification on a quarterly basis from March 2003. Their latest figures were published on 5 May 2006 in their report “Registered Childcare Providers and Places, 31 March 2006”, which is available on their website, www. ofsted.gov.uk/publications

Up until March 2001, child care providers were classified according to the type of provider: day nurseries, playgroups and pre-schools, child minders, out of school clubs and holiday schemes. Figures based on this classification were published in a series of statistical bulletins, which are available from the Department’s website, www.dfes.gov.uk/statistics