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Children: Day Care

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average cost of day care provision in each local authority; and if he will make a statement. (244791)

The Department does not collect this information by local authority. However, the Department's 2007 National Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey shows that the national average that parents pay for a full day care place is £3.20 per hour.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many child care places are (a) available in each region and (b) planned in the next three years; and how many lone parents in each region have at least one child under seven years of age. (244966)

The available information on child care places available by region is shown in the table.

Table 1: Number1 of registered child care places for children under eight years of age by type of care in each Government office region in England, position at 31 March 2008

Type of care

Full day care

Sessional day care

Childminders

Out of school day care

Creche day care

All

England

622,500

210,800

298,600

369,200

47,900

1,549,100

East of England

59,000

34,800

34,900

34,100

5,800

168,600

East Midlands

55,000

21,700

26,900

25,400

4,100

133,200

Inner London

38,200

5,800

12,200

26,500

4,200

86,900

Outer London

45,100

19,100

29,200

34,500

3,500

131,400

North East

27,400

5,400

15,800

15,000

4,500

68,100

North West England

94,500

21,700

36,000

67,500

6,800

226,400

South East England

108,400

46,000

57,200

63,200

6,600

281,400

South West England

63,600

24,900

28,900

31,100

4,400

152,800

West Midlands

72,300

17,100

27,600

44,000

4,100

165,100

Yorkshire and the Humber

59,100

14,300

29,900

28,000

3,900

135,100

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

Since 2003 Ofsted has been responsible for the registration and inspection of child care providers. Ofsted have produced figures on the numbers of registered child care providers and places on a quarterly basis from March 2003. Their latest figures were published in their report "Registered Childcare Providers and Places, August 2008", which is available on their website:

www.Ofsted.gov.uk/

The Office for National Statistics collects information on lone parent families with a child under seven years old. The available information is shown in the table.

Lone parent families where the youngest child is under seven years old by GOR UK 2007

Region

Number (Thousand)

North East

37

North West (including Merseyside)

98

Yorkshire and Humberside

63

East Midlands

51

West Midlands

71

Eastern

56

London

138

South East

79

South West

51

Wales

43

Scotland

64

Northern Ireland

28

Total1

780

1 As with all figures in the table, the total is rounded to the nearest thousand. Source: Annual Population Survey.