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Children: Day Care

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare settings have closed in each quarter of the last five years. (249773)

[holding answer 20 January 2009]: The information requested is shown in the following table.

Number and percentage of child care providers that have opened and closed1: position as at each quarter—England

2003/04

2004/05

Childminders

Full day care

Out of school day care2

Childminders

Full day care

Out of school day care2

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

April to June

Opened

4,300

6.3

500

5.2

500

6.0

3,300

4.5

800

7.5

600

6.2

Closed

2,500

3.6

200

2.0

200

2.7

3,000

4.1

300

2.9

400

4.3

July to September

Opened

4,000

5.7

700

7.1

800

9.7

3,600

5.0

900

7.5

900

10.1

Closed

3,800

5.5

300

2.7

400

4.5

4,400

6.1

500

4.7

600

6.6

October to December

Opened

4,000

5.7

500

4.9

500

6.0

3,000

4.1

600

4.7

500

5.6

Closed

2,200

3.1

200

2.1

200

2.0

3,800

5.3

500

3.9

600

6.0

January to March

Opened

4,000

5.5

800

7.4

600

6.4

3,200

4.6

600

4.8

600

6.0

Closed

3,600

5.0

400

3.7

400

4.8

4,000

5.7

400

3.6

600

6.1

Total

Opened

16,300

22.5

2,500

22.6

2,400

25.9

13,100

18.6

2,800

23.3

2,600

27.3

Closed

12,100

16.7

1,100

9.7

1,200

13.0

15,300

21.8

1,800

14.5

2,200

22.6

2005/062006/07

Childminders

Full day care

Out of school day care2

Childminders

Full day care

Out of school day care2

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

April to June

Opened

3,200

4.7

500

4.4

500

5.3

2,700

3.8

500

3.9

500

4.5

Closed

2,500

3.6

300

1.7

300

2.5

2,700

3.8

300

2.4

400

4.0

July to September

Opened

3,100

4.4

700

5.3

800

7.8

3,100

4.3

700

5.1

700

6.5

Closed

3,000

3.8

400

3.6

500

5.2

3,400

4.8

400

3.0

600

5.3

October to December

Opened

2,700

3.8

500

4.1

500

4.5

3,000

4.2

500

4.0

500

4.6

Closed

2,300

3.2

300

2.3

300

3.3

2,700

3.8

400

2.7

400

4.1

January to March

Opened

2,900

4.0

600

4.6

500

5.2

2,500

3.5

500

3.3

400

4.0

Closed

2,800

3.8

300

2.6

400

3.7

4,100

5.7

400

3.0

600

5.2

Total

Opened

11,900

16.6

2,300

17.3

2,300

21.6

11,200

16.1

2,200

15.9

2,100

19.7

Closed

10,500

14.7

1,300

10.1

1,500

14.6

12,900

18.5

1,500

10.8

2,000

18.7

2007/08

Childminders

Full day care

Out of school day care2

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

April to June

Opened

2,400

3.4

400

3.3

500

4.6

Closed

4,000

5.7

400

2.7

400

4.2

July to September

Opened

2,700

4.0

600

4.5

700

6.1

Closed

3,600

5.3

500

3.3

500

4.7

October to December

Opened

2,100

3.1

500

3.7

400

4.1

Closed

3,700

5.6

400

3.2

500

4.7

January to March

Opened

2,200

3.3

600

3.9

400

4.2

Closed

3,300

5.0

400

2.9

500

4.5

Total

Opened

9,300

14.5

2,100

15.0

2,000

19.0

Closed

14,600

22.6

1,700

11.8

1,900

18.1

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

2 Out of school day care figures may not include services in extended schools as Ofsted data only include providers that have to register separately.

Source:

Ofsted

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the oral answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, columns 10-11, on child abuse, what steps his Department is taking to encourage parents and others who provide childcare to use non-physical means of modifying a child's behaviour. (253615)

Our approach is to provide parents with positive support and guidance to help them manage their children's behaviour more effectively. This includes making parenting classes more widely available to help give parents the confidence to use other, better means of disciplining their children than physical punishment. This approach works with parents and not against them. We are pleased that parents' attitudes towards smacking have been changing over time; this was the finding of the parental survey conducted in 2007 as part of the review of section 58 of the Children Act 2004.

Physical punishment is banned in schools and in registered childcare settings, including daycare and childminding. It is also banned in children's homes and local authority foster care.