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Child Minding

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to increase the annual fee for child minders on (a) the Early Years Register and (b) the Ofsted Childcare Register. (260043)

Following our consultation “Childcare Act 2006: Future Approach to Fees and Subsidies” we announced in June 2008 increases to the Early Years Register fees for child minders from £25 in 2008/09 to £30 in 2009/10 and £35 in 2010/11. There are no plans to increase fees for the voluntary or compulsory parts of the General Childcare Register in 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the number of childminders who can join a locally-accredited childminding network is limited. (260051)

The Government place no limits on the number of child minders who can join locally accredited child minding networks. Local authorities can limit places on networks according to resources available to them and their assessment of the need for networked child minders.

The Government’s recent document “Next Steps for Early Learning and Childcare” indicates that we will work with stakeholders to improve access to networks in all local authority areas.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many locally-accredited child minding networks have reported demand for places on networks in the last 12 months. (260052)

The Government are committed to ensuring access to high quality provision through a range of providers, including child minders. This is why in the recent document “Next Steps for Early Learning and Childcare” we clearly committed ourselves to working with stakeholders to improve access to networks in all local authority areas.

Specific information on the demand for places on child minding networks is not collected centrally.