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Pre-School Education

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the occupancy rate of nursery places provided in children's centres in each local authority; and if he will make a statement. (202138)

Sure Start Children's Centres serving the most disadvantaged communities in England must provide integrated early learning and full day care as part of their core services while centres serving less disadvantaged communities may provide integrated early learning and day care places where local demand is not being met by existing, good quality providers.

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on the number of places and vacancies in full day care providers based in Sure Start Children's Centres in England. The 2006 survey estimated that there were 37,700 Ofsted registered places and 6,600 vacancies for children in these providers; therefore 82 per cent. of places were occupied.

Data are not available at a local authority level.