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Children: Day Care

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of children aged (a) three and (b) four years were in daycare settings for more than 12.5 hours a week in (i) Basingstoke constituency, (ii) Hampshire and (iii) England in each year for which records are available; (203023)

(2) how many and what proportion of children under the age of three years were attending daycare settings in (a) Basingstoke constituency, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each year for which records are available.

The 2004 Parents’ Childcare Survey estimated that 35 per cent. of 0-2 year olds and 86 per cent. of 3-4 year olds had used some formal child care in the week before the survey. The following table shows what proportion of children in these age groups had used different types of formal provision.

Table 1: Use of formal child care in the last week by age of child, 2004

0-2 per cent.

3-4 per cent.

Early years provision and formal child care

35

86

Nursery school

2

10

Nursery class

1

22

Reception class

0

28

Day nursery

18

12

Playgroup or pre-school

9

18

Childminder

5

5

Nanny or au pair

1

2

Babysitter

3

2

Out-of-school club on-site

<0.5

2

Out-of-school club off-site

<0.5

1

Notes:

The percentages for the different types of formal provision do not sum to the total ‘Early years provision and formal child care’ figure as a child may attend more than one type of provision.

Comparable data are not available for previous years due to changes in the definitions of the different types of formal provision.

Data are not available at a local authority level.

Data on 3 and 4 years olds attending daycare settings for more than 12.5 hours a week are not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.