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Children: Day Care

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many families in Warrington, North (a) are eligible for and (b) have taken up free or subsidised childcare. (125797)

[holding answer 6 March 2007]: Information is not available in the form requested.

At December 2005 the Office for National Statistics shows Warrington having a population of 4,4001 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 Warrington local authority area was 4,2002.

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.