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Children: Day Care

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children aged (a) three and (b) four years old were in daycare settings for more than 12.5 hours a week in (i) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (ii) Bexley borough in each of the last 10 years. (203565)

Information on the number and proportion of children aged three and four years old attending private, voluntary and independent settings for more than 12.5 hours a week was not collected prior to 2004. From 2004, data are available for four-year-old children only.

The available information about the number of three and four-year-olds in free early education, in private, voluntary and independent providers, by number of sessions and local authority area were published in Statistical First Release (SFR) 19/2007 “Provision for children under five years of age in England: January 2007”, available on my Department’s website at: www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000729/index .shtml The number of four-year-olds accessing five or more sessions can be found in table 6. Information for 2004-06 can be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have not completed a sufficiency assessment of childcare provision; and if he will make a statement. (202139)

I am advised that all local authorities have completed sufficiency assessments of childcare provision in their areas and have published them, as the Childcare Act 2006 requires, on their websites. I understand, however, that three local authorities have not yet published their assessments in final form because they are still awaiting formal clearance from the appropriate council body.