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Children: Day Care

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will estimate the proportion of children (a) under five years, (b) of primary school age and (c) of secondary school age who will have access to child care if required between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. and for 48 weeks a year in (i) England and (ii) each local authority in (A) 2007-08, (B) 2008-09 and (C) 2009-10. (192930)

Information is not available in the form requested.

Section 11 of the Childcare Act 2006, which came into force in April 2007, placed a duty on local authorities to complete a child care sufficiency assessment before April 2008. They will have to complete an assessment at least every three years, and keep it under review between assessments, especially where there are key demographic changes or as new data becomes available.

The assessment process will give local authorities the evidence and information they need to facilitate and shape a child care market that is flexible, sustainable and responsive to parents’ needs. It will also help local authorities to develop their strategies for meeting the new duty to secure sufficient child care which will start in April 2008.

Tables 1 to 3 provide information about population estimates for each local authority area for the years 2008-10 have been placed in the House Libraries. From April 2008 local authorities will need to secure sufficient child care places for working parents of these children.