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Child Care

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of families in West Lancashire (a) are eligible for and (b) have taken up (i) free and (ii) subsidised child care. (112295)

Information is not available in the form requested.

Figures available from the Office for National Statistics for December 2005 show that West Lancashire parliamentary constituency had a population of 2,4001 three and four-year-olds, and the 2006 Early Years and Annual Schools Censuses show the number of part-time early education places funded by the free entitlement for three and four-year-olds in the West Lancashire parliamentary constituency was 1,9002.

Data on eligibility and take-up of free or subsidised child care overall is not available centrally.

Child care used by parents can be subsidised in a variety of ways, including the child care element of the working tax credit, local authority subsidies, Jobcentre Plus New Deals, Care to Learn, Learner Support Funds and NHS child care allowances.

1 ONS population estimates are aggregated to age groupings of at least five years. Figures based on a single year of age at the sub-national level are therefore of limited reliability.

2 The number of children benefiting from some form of free early education can exceed the number of free part-time early education places taken up by children as a place may be taken up by more than one child.