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Children: Day care

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment, based on the local authority childcare sufficiency assessments, he has made of the adequacy of standards of childcare achieved; and what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure that local authorities meet requirements to provide childcare services by 31 March 2008. (251902)

The Government are committed to the highest possible standards for all child care providers. The Childcare Act 2006 outlined the regulatory regime which is being enforced through a programme of regular inspection against published criteria by Ofsted.

The Childcare Sufficiency Assessments published by each local authority are helping to identify and address any gaps in the provision of child care appropriate to the needs of working parents and those looking to work in their areas. The Government provide support to local authorities through Government offices in meeting the requirement to secure sufficient child care in the area, so far as is reasonably practicable.