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Children: Day Care

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2008, Official Report, column 1786W, on children: day care, how many people with Early Years Professional Status will be required to meet the target of each full daycare setting being led by a graduate and those in the most disadvantaged areas being led by two graduates by 2015. (210688)

We have a target of 20,000 to meet our aim to have an EYP in every full daycare setting with two per setting in disadvantaged areas by 2015.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many places there are (a) with childminders, (b) in full daycare and (c) in out of school day care in the London borough of Bexley. (210939)

Since 2003 Ofsted has been responsible for the registration and inspection of child care providers. The following table shows the number of places for children under eight years of age registered with Ofsted at 31 March 2008 for Bexley local authority.

Number of registered childcare places for children under eight years of age in Bexley1, position at 31 March 2008

Number of places



Full day care


Out of school daycare


1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 if under 100, and to the nearest 100 if over 100.



To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the funding required to implement the guidance set out in Sure Start Children Centres: Phase Three Planning and Delivery, issued in November 2007. (211200)

We notified local authorities of their children's centres funding for the next three years (2008-11) in August 2007. The Government allocated around £3.1 billion to 150 local authorities which we believe is sufficient to support their existing Sure Start Children's Centres and to set up new centres, to deliver at least 3,500 centres in total by 2010.

The Phase 3 planning guidance contains hypothetical examples of levels of funding as a guideline based on centres serving different types of communities with around 800 children under five. It is for local authorities to determine how they allocate the grant locally to meet the needs in each community. Most Phase 3 centres, those opening between 2008 and 2010, will not incur full running costs for all of their services during this period.