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Pre-School Education: Finance

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2008, Official Report, column 690W, on pre-school education: finance, if he will monitor changes in costs experienced by private, voluntary and independent nurseries. (205499)

[holding answer 13 May 2008]: As we said in our response on 1 May, the cost analysis of private, voluntary and independent nurseries is being undertaken by local authorities and will be used to inform local funding decisions. The analyses are not collected centrally. My officials will continue to work with key stakeholders, including provider representatives, to monitor all aspects of the delivery of the free entitlement to early years care for three and four-year-olds.