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Children: Day Care

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of nursery children who travel to and from nursery (a) by car, (b) by public transport, (c) on foot and (d) by bicycle. (200559)

The Department does not hold complete data relating to mode of travel to school. Provision of this information is only compulsory for those schools with an approved Travel Plan. The scope of collection includes: maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools, city technology colleges, academies and special schools.

In the spring 2007 School Census, mode of travel data was supplied for almost 70 per cent. of pupils. The available information relating to nursery pupils is provided in the following table.

LA maintained nursery and primary schools1: nursery pupils by mode of travel2,3, as at January 2007, EnglandNursery pupils2NumberPercentageWalk135,39042.2Cycle9000.3Car/van61,55019.2Car share3,9601.2Public service bus3,0100.9Dedicated school bus3700.1Bus (type not known)9800.3Taxi6100.2Train700.0London underground200.0Metro/tram/light rail500.0Boarding pupil—not applicable00.0Other1,1200.4Mode of travel—not collected112,54035.1Total320,550100.0 1 Includes middle schools as deemed.2 Includes all pupils in maintained nursery schools and pupils in maintained primary schools whose national curriculum year group is nursery. Includes pupils with sole and dual (main) registration.3 Where a pupil uses more than one mode of travel for each journey to school, the longest element of the journey by distance should be recorded.Note:Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.Source:School Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many child care staff left the profession within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five years of entering the profession in the latest period for which figures are available. (204159)