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Children: Day Care

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost is of child care for (a) school aged and (b) pre-school children in each region, including London. (122957)

The Department does not hold data on the average weekly costs of child care. However the findings of a recent survey by the Daycare Trust can be found on their website;

www.daycaretrust.org.uk

We are doing more than ever before to make good quality child care and early education accessible and affordable. We are providing substantial help (over £2 million a day) through the tax credit system to over 395,000 lower and middle income families. The free, early education entitlement gives 12.5 hours of free provision per week to all 3 and 4-year-olds.

London has higher child care costs than elsewhere and that is why we are contributing £11 million funding to a £33 million joint Greater London Authority, London Development Agency and DfES three year Childcare Affordability Pilot to provide 10,000 affordable child care places for lower income families.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places are provided by (a) children’s centres, (b) daycare nurseries, (c) neighbourhood nurseries, (d) wraparound schools, (e) childminders and (f) nannies. (127036)

The available information on the number of registered child care places for children under eight is shown in the table.

Table 1 Number 1,2 of registered child care places for children under eight years of age by type of care England—Position at 31 March 2006

Type of care

Number of places

Full day care

565,700

Sessional day care

237,100

Childminders

322,200

Out of school day care

366,500

Creche day care

46,300

1 Rounded to the nearest 100 places.

2 Data Source: Ofsted

These figures include the number of child care places in Neighbourhood Nurseries and Children’s Centres which are not available separately.

Information on the number of child care places provider by nannies is not available. However, the Survey of Parents Demand for Childcare and Early Years Services suggests that 1 per cent. of families used nannies in the last week 2004/05.

The latest figures on registered child care provider and places are available on the following website:

www.ofsted.gov.uk/