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Children: Day Care

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the time it will take to provide a place in a childcare scheme for each lone parent who requires one. (166992)

Local authorities are currently completing assessments of the sufficiency of childcare in their areas, as required by the Childcare Act 2006, identifying demand for childcare—including from lone parents—together with available supply and any gaps between the two. From April 2008, local authorities will have a new duty to secure, so far as is reasonably practicable, childcare places for all working parents, or parents undertaking education or training in preparation for work. Jobcentre Plus childcare partnership managers will continue to work with the Children's Information Services provided by local authorities so that lone parents who require childcare to enable them to take up employment are able to find appropriate places.