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Departmental Child Care Facilities

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what child care (a) provision and (b) assistance is available to his Department’s staff. (89598)

DEFRA’s child care provision, and the assistance available to the Department’s staff is set out in the following table.

DEFRA child care provision

Child care type

Location

Places

Full-time costs/subsidies

Workplace nurseries

York

44

£325—£372 monthly

Guildford

40

£241—£398 monthly

Subsidised places in external nurseries

London

11

£60 subsidy—costs vary dependent on location

Bristol

3

£60 subsidy—costs vary dependent on location

Discounted fees in external nurseries

Newcastle London

1

7 per cent. discount in chain of nurseries

London

1

10 per cent. discount in chain of over 44 nurseries

Holiday play schemes

London

1

£16.33 daily

Guildford

1

£12.60 daily

York

1

£18.70 daily

1 Dependent on demand

DEFRA employees are also able to use a salary sacrifice scheme to reduce their child care costs by up to £243 per month.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of his Department's premises have child care facilities on-site. (89599)

There are currently on-site childcare facilities at the DEFRA offices in York and Guildford, and at the Central Science Laboratory, Sand Mutton.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there are waiting lists for places at child care facilities which his Department provides for its employees. (89600)

There are waiting lists for nursery places at all childcare facilities which DEFRA provides for its employees except the nursery on its Guildford site.