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Extracurricular Activities: Essex

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) out-of-school and (b) holiday play schemes for children there were in (i) Essex and (ii) Castle Point in each of the last five years. (281852)

The information requested is not available by parliamentary constituency. Data were collected at local authority level only. Table 1 shows the number of out-of-school clubs in Essex in each of the last five years for which data were collected. The last year that Ofsted collected this information was 2008. Information on the number of holiday play schemes is not available as Ofsted do not collect these data.

Table 1: Number1, 2 of out of school clubs for children under eight years of age, position at 31 March each year

Essex local authority area

2004

200

2005

200

2006

200

2007

200

2008

200

1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 if under 100, and to the nearest 100 if over 100. 2 Data Source: Ofsted.

Ofsted has collected information on the number of registered child care places available to children aged eight and under on a quarterly basis from March 2003. Their latest figures were published in their report “Registered Childcare Providers and Places, March 2009”, which is available on their website:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Statistics/Registered-childcare-providers-and-places-in-England-December-2008-onwards