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Children: Daycare

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare places there are in each local authority; what estimate he has made of the level of demand for places in each authority; and if he will make a statement. (202146)

Since 2003 Ofsted has been responsible for the registration of child care providers. Quarterly reports of the numbers of registered child care providers and places available in each top tier local authority can be accessed from the Ofsted website, via the following link:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/pQrtal/site/Internet/menuitem.eace3f09a603f6d9c3172a8a08c08a0c/?vgnextoid=067489433118e010VgnVCM1000003507640aRCRD

Analysis of demand for child care formed a significant element of the child care sufficiency assessments which local authorities were required to complete by 31 March 2008. Local authorities are now in a position to compare the local supply of, and demand for, childcare places, and to work to fill gaps between the two so as to satisfy their new duty to secure sufficient child care for working parents.