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Departmental Child Care Facilities

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what child care (a) provision and (b) assistance is available to her Department’s staff. (89537)

My Department provides subsidised nursery places through the “Buffer Bear” network of nurseries, and three other regional nurseries. In addition to this, play schemes are provided during the school holidays at Westminster, Croydon, Liverpool, and Peterborough. My Department’s child care provision supports parents in making their own choices about where and what type of child care they want for their children. Currently, approximately 70 parents are assisted and in 2004-05 the total cost of the support provided was £85,000.

Flexible working arrangements are also provided which enable employees to achieve a positive balance between home and work responsibilities. The DCA was the first Government Department to establish a network for caring to support staff with caring responsibilities, and in recent years has won the opportunity now public sector award and the carers in employment employer of the year award in recognition of the extent to which it has embedded its flexible working policies and supports carers.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which of her Department’s premises have child care facilities on site. (89538)

My Department provides subsidised nursery places through the “Buffer Bear” network of nurseries and three other regional nurseries. There is currently no onsite provision. My Department’s child care schemes support parents in making their own choices about where and what type of child care they want for their children. Currently approximately 70 parents are assisted and in 2004-05 the total cost of the support provided was £85,000.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether there are waiting lists for places at child care facilities which her Department provides for its employees. (89539)

My Department provides subsidised nursery places through the “Buffer Bear” network of nurseries and three other regional nurseries. We operate individual waiting lists for each nursery. Currently the total number of people on the waiting lists is one. My Department’s child care schemes support parents in making their own choices about where and what type of child care they want for their children. Currently approximately 70 parents are assisted, and in 2004-05 the total cost of the support provided was £85,000.