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Nursery Schools: Blackpool

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to extend free early years education places for two-year-olds piloted in local authorities in 2007; when the scheme is likely to be rolled out in Blackpool; and if he will make a statement. (160508)

Since April 2006 16 local authorities have been trialling methods to improve child outcomes by offering disadvantaged two-year-olds free child care. In April 2007, this pilot was rolled out to a second wave of local authorities, including Blackpool, and all the pilots are currently due to end in 2009. The pilot is being carefully evaluated, and the findings will inform any future policy roll out.