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Pre-school Education

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which (a) Steiner, (b) Waldorf and (c) Montessori pre-school institutions are registered in each local authority area; whether each institution has open enrolment; and whether each makes provision for those who rely entirely upon nursery grants to fund a place. (148338)

The information requested is not collected centrally. Local authorities have a statutory duty to ensure sufficient free nursery education places for three and four-year-olds in their area. In discharging this duty, local authorities must have regard to the code of practice which states that they must ensure sufficient places are available for parents who only want to access the free entitlement.