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Children: Day Care

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the effects of being on an Ofsted register are for child care settings. (260035)

Registered providers on the Early Years Register and the General Childcare Register are required to meet the requirements of those registers, for example, in relation to ratio requirements, staff qualifications and CRB checks and are inspected by Ofsted against the requirements. Full details of the registration requirements can be found at:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Forms-and-guidance/Browse-all-by/Care-and-local-services/Childcare/Registration

Registered providers are able to access training, support and advice from local authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of men working in childcare settings; and what steps he is taking to increase that number. (260186)

The 2007 Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey indicates that, in the majority of setting types, between 1 and 2 per cent. of staff are male.

The Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is taking the lead in a national recruitment campaign that focuses on encouraging more men into the children’s work force. Activity at the end of January secured substantial coverage in the national press and media. This campaign is being aligned with Early Years Professional Status recruitment activity, which will also include a focus on underrepresented groups including men.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in each decile of income deprivation were excluded from child care settings in each of the last 10 years. (260187)