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Children's Centres: Graduates

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children's centres in each local authority employs at least one graduate. (182072)

[holding answer 25 January 2008]: The information is not available in the form requested. Sure Start Children's Centres that provide integrated early learning and full day care (early years provision) are required to employ a graduate with qualified teacher status. This will include all centres serving the most disadvantaged communities and centres in less disadvantaged communities where full early years learning and care is provided on site to meet local demand. Local authorities confirm the teacher is in post when they seek designation for a Sure Start Children's Centre. There may also be graduates working as managers or in other professional capacities in centres. The proportion of centres with graduates will therefore vary from authority to authority depending on a variety of local factors.