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Departmental Childcare Facilities

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what childcare (a) provision and (b) assistance is available to his Department’s staff; (89469)

(2) which of his Department's premises have childcare facilities on site;

(3) whether there are waiting lists for places at childcare facilities which his Department provides for its employees.

The Treasury is a member of the Westminster holiday play scheme, which operates during school holidays and is open to children aged four years and nine months up to 12 years of age. The Treasury has two bespoke play scheme rooms, which can cater for up to 18 children. The scheme is advertised six weeks in advance. Staff have to submit an application form for places which are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Staff have been allocated their requested places for the last three play schemes.

The Treasury also supports the childcare cost of eligible staff. Staff who work full time receive childcare vouchers up to the value of £40.00 per week per family, part timers receive a pro-rata amount. Staff have the flexibility to use their childcare vouchers with any Ofsted registered or “Approved” childcare provider.

Currently 103 members of staff receive childcare vouchers.