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Pre-School Education: Finance

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the funding allocated to early years provision has been allocated to (a) Sure Start children’s centres, (b) nursery provision, (c) childminder networks and (d) other bodies. (122271)

For part (a) and (b) I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1702W.

(c) Funding for childminders and childminder networks is included in the General Sure Start Grant (GSSG) for the period 2006-08. Local authorities have the freedom to decide how much is spent on these areas and the amounts are not separately identified.

(d) Sure Start funding is provided by the Department to a range of other bodies. Key recipients of grant funding in 2006-08 include the Children’s Workforce Development Council and the National College for School Leadership. These bodies are funded to deliver improvements in the quality of the early years workforce. The London Development Agency also receives funding for the Childcare Affordability pilot and the Workplace Nurseries Capital Programme. Details of funding have not been provided as 2007-08 allocations are still being finalised in some cases.

We encourage local authorities to work with a range of partners and bodies in delivering their elements of the General Sure Start Grant. Decisions on allocations from their grant are for them and details are not held centrally.