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Holiday Play Schemes

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the average number of hours children spent attending a holiday play scheme per day in each year for which records are available; (210029)

(2) how many and what proportion of children in (a) Basingstoke, (b) Hampshire and (c) England had access to holiday play schemes in each year for which records are available.

The 2006 Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collected information on child care provision in England. The estimated number of children attending holiday clubs in England was 352,500 in 2006 compared to 233,800 in 2003. Data are not available at local authority level.

An accurate estimate of the proportion of children attending holiday play schemes cannot be provided as children may access holiday provision in other types of child care settings. Data are not available on the number of children attending other child care providers in school holidays.

Data on the average number of hours per day that children attend holiday play schemes are not collected centrally.