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Information System for Parents and Providers

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what information will be published from the Information System for Parents and Providers; (257020)

(2) what agreed suppliers there are in each local authority for the Information System and Parents for Providers;

(3) when each local authority will bring the Information System for Parents and Providers into operation.

The Information System for Parents and Providers (ISPP) will provide a web-based comprehensive directory of information, advice and support services to parents, front line workers in local authorities and third sector services working with parents. The directory will include information collected by Ofsted and local authorities in England on childcare provision and other services which may be of benefit to parents, prospective parents, children and young people together with information provided by the Department on service providers who operate nationally. The system supports local authority delivery of their duty under section 12 of the Childcare Act 2006 to provide such service information to parents.

The ISPP, which will be publicly known as the Parent Know How directory, will significantly enhance parents’ access to information on a far wider range of parenting and childcare topics than is currently available.

The Department has provided funding to local authorities to purchase their own information management systems according to local needs and so the choice of supplier is a matter for each local authority, based on guidance from the Department on requirements for these systems.

We expect each English local authority to implement their local information management system connected to the ISPP so that it can go live in September 2009.