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Child Minding: Qualifications

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support the Government provides for child minders to obtain higher early years qualifications. (159450)

In our Children’s Workforce Strategy we set out a commitment to increase qualifications in the Early Years Workforce. We have a General Sure Start Grant (GSSG) allocation for 2007-08 that includes funding to local authorities to ensure that all early years education and child care workers receive appropriate training, development and support.

We have a Transformation Fund of £250 million from 2006 until 2008 to help deliver our long term commitment to transforming the quality of early years child care. A main aim of the fund is to achieve a greater proportion of the work force being qualified to Level 3 and above.