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Children: Day Care

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of registered childminders were (a) male and (b) female in each local authority area in the North West in each year since 1997. (289292)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey provides estimates of the proportion of childminders1 who are male and female in England. Estimates can be provided of the number and proportion of male and female staff by region for 2006 and 2007, however these data are not available at the local authority level, or for earlier years. Table 1 provides the number and proportion of male and female childminders in England from 1998 until 2007. These data are not available for years prior to 1998. Table 2 provides the number and proportion of male and female childminders in the North West in 2006 and 2007.

1 The data provided refer to the number and proportion of working childminders. Childminders who were registered but not working are not included.

Table 1: Sex of childminders in England

Male childminders

Female childminders

Proportion of childminders1

Number of male childminders2

Proportion of childminders1

Number of female childminders2

1998

0.5

470

99

92,400

2001

0.5

400

99

71,900

2003

1

800

99

72,100

2005

2

1,000

98

56,700

2006

2

1,200

98

56,700

2007

1

620

99

59,200

1 Proportions may not sum to 100 per cent. due to rounding. 2 All numbers provided have been rounded. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100 if they are greater than 1,000, to the nearest 50 if the number is 100 to 999 and to the nearest 10 if the number is below 100.

Table 2: Sex of childminders in the north west

Male childminders

Female childminders

Proportion of childminders1

Number of male childminders2

Proportion of childminders1

Number of female childminders2

2006

1

90

99

6,600

2007

0

30

100

6,900

1 Proportions may not sum to 100 per cent. due to rounding. 2 All numbers provided have been rounded. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100 if they are greater than 1,000, to the nearest 50 if the number is 100 to 999 and to the nearest 10 if the number is below 100. 3 As this survey is based on a sample of providers in England, when the sample is broken down by region the number of childminders interviewed in each region is relatively small. Therefore, this does not mean that there were no male childminders in the north west in 2007, only that no male childminders were selected in the sample of providers within the north west region for the 2007 survey.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of local authorities have a childminding network; (289325)

(2) how many and what proportion of childminders are part of a local authority childminding network.

In January 2009, there were 72 (48 per cent.) out of 150 local authorities with at least one childminding network which received Government funding to deliver the free entitlement. The DCSF only receives information on the number of childminding networks which receive funding to deliver the free entitlement. Other childminding networks may exist but the Department has no information on these as they do not deliver the free entitlement.

Information on the number of childminders that are part of a local authority childminding network is not collected centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of childcare staff in nurseries had an appropriate (a) level 3 or higher and (b) level 5 or higher qualification in each of the last five years. (289795)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on staff qualifications that are relevant to working with children and young people. Data on the number and proportion of paid staff in maintained nursery schools holding (a) at least a level 3 and (b) at least a level 5 qualification are shown in the following table. 2007 is the most recent year for which this information is available. Data on the number of nursery staff by qualification level in 2003 are not available.

Proportion and number of paid staff in maintained nursery schools qualified to at least level 3 and at least level 5, England

2007

2006

2003

Proportion of staff (percentage)

Number of staff

Proportion of staff (percentage)

Number of staff

Proportion of staff (percentage)

At least level 3

83

4,100

80

3,700

78

At least level 5

36

1,800

30

1,500

n/a

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average number of hours worked per week by (a) childcarers in maintained settings, (b) childcarers in private, voluntary and independent nurseries and (c) childminders in each year since 2003. (289798)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey estimated that staff working in full day care in Children’s Centres worked an average (mean) of 34 hours a week in 2007, compared with an average of 18 hours a week for staff in sessional settings. Data for all child care and early years’ providers for each year available are shown in the following table.

Average number of hours worked per week by staff in child care and early years provision in maintained schools

2003

2005

2006

2007

Full day care

35

32

33

33

Full day care in Children’s Centres

n/a

n/a

34

34

Sessional

17

18

17

18

After school clubs

19

n/a

19

18

Holiday clubs

31.5

n/a

27

29

Nursery schools

32.5

n/a

32

31

Primary schools with nursery and reception classes

33

n/a

31

29

Primary schools with reception but no nursery classes

28

n/a

29

27

Notes:

1. Children’s centres were included in the survey for the first time in 2006, therefore data are not available for previous years.

2. After school and holiday clubs were sampled differently in 2005 and comparable figures for this year are not available.

3. Early years settings in maintained schools were not included in the 2005 survey.

In 2007 full day care staff in privately owned settings worked an average of 35 hours a week, compared with 27 hours for full day care staff in settings under voluntary ownership. 2007 data for all child care providers available are shown in the following table.

Average number of hours worked per week by child care staff, by ownership of setting, 2007

Private

Voluntary

Local authority

School/college

Other

Full day care

35

27

32

32

34

Full day care in Children’s Centres

35

34

34

33

36

Sessional

18

18

24

20

16

After school clubs

21

16

21

14

19

Holiday clubs

30

26

30

30

29

Note:

Data for other providers are not available by type of ownership.

In 2006 full day care staff in privately owned settings worked an average of 35 hours a week, compared with 26 hours for full day care staff in settings under voluntary ownership. 2006 data for all child care providers available are shown in the following table.

Average number of hours worked per week by staff in child care providers, by ownership of setting, 2006

Private

Voluntary

Local authority

School/college

Other

Full day care

35

26

32

33

35

Full day care in Children’s Centres

35

34

34

34

35

Sessional

17

16

20

25

15

Out of school care

26

20

25

19

27

Note:

Data for other providers are not available by type of ownership.

Data prior to 2006 are not available for the average number of hours worked per week by staff in child care providers, by ownership of setting. The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on the average(mean) number of hours per week that childminders accept children for during term time and during school holidays (i.e. the time open for, but the childminder may not necessarily actually be working the whole time). This information comes closest to representing what a typical weekly shift is for a childminder. Data for each year available are shown in the following table.

Average number of hours per week that children are accepted by a childminder

Term time

School holidays

2003

39

40

2005

43

45

2006

43

45

2007

44

48

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of childminders have been deregistered for each reason for deregistration in each year since 2003. (289800)

These are matters for Ofsted. The Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and copies of her replies have been placed in the Libraries.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 1 September 2009:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for response.

Table A shows figures for the number of childminders who have resigned or had their registrations cancelled. Figures showing cancelled and resigned childminders are retrieved from a snapshot of the Ofsted database at the end of each financial year: 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2008-09. Figures showing the total number of childminders are taken from a snapshot of the Ofsted database at the start of each financial year.

Although Ofsted records reasons for cancellation and resignation on an individual basis, the information is not collated under categories, so it is not possible to produce aggregated data from it.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.

Table A: Numbers and proportions of childminders deregistered in each financial year since 2003/04

Childminders

Cancelled

Resigned

Total cancelled or resigned

Financial year

Number of childminders at the beginning of the financial year

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

2003/04

68,165

1,209

2

10,864

16

12,073

18

2004/05

72,386

2,970

4

12,373

17

15,343

21

2005/06

70,182

968

1

9,454

13

10,422

15

2006/07

71,622

3,204

4

9,739

14

12,943

18

2007/08

69,925

2,857

4

11,721

17

14,578

21

2008/09

64,648

1,445

2

10,345

16

11,790

18

Note:

Percentages in the total column may not equal the sum of the other columns, because the figures are rounded.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made towards meeting the target of each full daycare setting being led by a graduate and all childcare staff being qualified to level 3 by 2015. (289802)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on staff qualifications that are relevant to working with children and young people. The qualifications are grouped together in the levels that they have been accredited with by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; qualifications at level 6 or above are at degree level. The 2007 survey found that 16 per cent. of full day care settings employ at least one member of staff with qualifications at level 6 or above. The survey also found that 64 per cent. of all staff (child care staff, early years staff and childminders) held at least a level 3 qualification.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) day care settings and (b) childminders in Basingstoke have been awarded a rating of (i) outstanding, (ii) good, (iii) satisfactory and (iv) inadequate following an inspection by Ofsted in each year since 2003; (289804)

(2) how many and what proportion of childminders were deemed inadequate by Ofsted in the 10 per cent. (a) most and (b) least deprived local authority areas in 2008-09;

(3) how many and what proportion of childminders were deemed inadequate by Ofsted in each year since inspections began;

(4) how many and what proportion of day care settings in the 10 per cent. (a) most and (b) least deprived local authority areas were awarded ratings of inadequate following an Ofsted inspection in 2008-09;

(5) how many and what proportion of day care settings were awarded ratings of inadequate following an Ofsted inspection in each year for which records are available.

These are matters for Ofsted. The Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, will write to the hon. Member and copies of her replies will be placed in the Libraries.

Letter from Miriam Rosen, dated 10 August 2009:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to Ofsted for response. As Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, Christine Gilbert, is currently on leave, I am responding on her behalf.

Tables A to F below show the inspection grades of day care settings and childminders in Basingstoke since 2003.

The figures for each period are taken from a snapshot of data at the end of each financial year. These data only include providers that were active at this point. Additionally, the figures only count the most recent inspection outcome for each provision at the time of the snapshot, provided their inspection reports had been published or quality assured and not withdrawn from publication.

Please note that the inspection judgements requested cover three inspection cycles. Those inspections carried out in the inspection cycle from April 2003 to end-March 2005 inspected the quality of provision against the National Standards for under-eights and were graded on a three point scale. Those from April 2005 to end-August 2008 were also inspected against the National Standards, but graded on the four point scale outlined in the question. It is not possible to operate a simple read-across approach from a three-to a four-point scale. Care should be taken when interpreting data for ‘childcare on domestic premises’ as the numbers are so small.

There was a further change of inspection framework following the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in September 2008. At this point, Ofsted also changed the way in which we record day-care provision, categorising providers as childcare on domestic and non-domestic premises. These categories broadly relate to the previous category of group day-care provision. The data for September 2008 to March 2009 are presented separately and, as above, it is not possible to operate a simple read-across between inspection frameworks.

Please note that the selection of provision for inspection each year is not random, so care needs to be taken when using the data.

A copy of this reply has been sent to right hon. Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and will be placed in the Library of both Houses.

Table A: Inspection grades from inspections of childminders in Basingstoke, financial years 2003-05

Good

Percentage

Satisfactory

Percentage

Unsatisfactory

Percentage

Total

2003-04

22

33

45

67

0

0

67

2004-05

93

64

52

36

0

0

145

Table B: Inspection grades from inspections of childminders in Basingstoke, 2005-06 to end-August 2008

Outstanding

Percentage

Good

Percentage

Satisfactory

Percentage

Inadequate

Percentage

Total

2005-06

2

3

40

69

15

26

1

2

58

2006-07

0

0

26

55

16

34

5

11

47

2007-08

8

8

51

50

34

33

10

10

103

1 April 2008—31 August 2008

2

10

7

35

9

45

2

10

20

Table C: Inspection grades from inspections of childminders in Basingstoke, September 2008 to end-March 2009

Outstanding

Percentage

Good

Percentage

Satisfactory

Percentage

Inadequate

Percentage

Total

1 Sept. 2008—31 March 2009

7

17

17

40

14

33

4

10

42

Table D: Inspection grades from inspections of day care providers in Basingstoke, financial years 2003-05

Good

Percentage

Satisfactory

Percentage

Unsatisfactory

Percentage

Total

2003-04

12

39

19

61

0

0

31

2004-05

26

67

13

33

0

0

39

Table E: Inspection grades from inspections of day care providers in Basingstoke, 2005-06 to end-August 2008

Outstanding

Percentage

Good

Percentage

Satisfactory

Percentage

Inadequate

Percentage

Total

2005-06

0

0

12

48

11

44

2

8

25

2006-07

2

8

12

46

10

38

2

8

26

2007-08

2

6

21

62

9

26

2

6

34

1 April 2008—31 August 2008

0

0

5

63

3

38

0

0

8

Table F: Inspection grades from inspections of childcare on domestic and non-domestic premises in Basingstoke, September 2008 to end-March 2009

Outstanding

Percentage

Good

Percentage

Satisfactory

Percentage

Inadequate

Percentage

Total

Non-domestic

3

17

9

50

4

22

2

11

18

Domestic

0

0

0

0

0

Please note that percentages are rounded so may not add up to 100 per cent.

Data refer to financial years but is also split for 2008-09 due to the change of inspection framework provision types on the 1 September 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average number of staff vacancies in (a) maintained nurseries, (b) private, voluntary and independent nurseries and (c) Sure Start children's centres was in each year since 2006. (290202)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on recruitment and staff vacancies in child care and early year’s providers. Table 1 shows the proportion of full day care providers that were trying to recruit for vacancies in 2007, by type of staff and ownership of the provision. 2007 is the most recent year for which this information is available.

Table 1: Number of vacancies full day care providers are trying to recruit for, by staff type and type of ownership, 2007

Percentage

Private

Voluntary

Local authority

School/college

Other

Senior managers

None

89

87

74

91

100

1 vacancy

9

13

15

9

2 vacancies

1

4

3 or more vacancies

1

Supervisory staff

None

45

58

24

42

76

1 vacancy

41

39

40

39

24

2 vacancies

12

2

11

14

3 or more vacancies

2

26

5

Other paid staff

None

45

38

63

42

1 vacancy

36

37

6

29

24

2 vacancies

14

19

20

30

57

3 or more vacancies

3

2

10

19

Note:

Percentages may not sum to 100 per cent. due to ‘don’t know’ responses or rounding.

Table 2 shows the proportion of full day care providers that were trying to recruit for vacancies in 2006, by type of staff and ownership of the provision. Data for previous years are not available in the format requested.

Table 2: Proportion of full day care providers trying to recruit for vacancies, by staff type and ownership, 2006

Percentage

Private

Voluntary

Local authority

School/college

Other

Senior managers

None

86

88

68

79

73

1 vacancy

13

12

32

17

27

2 vacancies

<1

0

0

4

0

3 or more vacancies

0

0

0

0

0

Supervisory staff

None

42

49

37

43

81

1 vacancy

44

46

36

48

10

2 vacancies

10

5

13

5

9

3 or more vacancies

3

0

14

4

0

Other paid staff

None

51

43

61

53

35

1 vacancy

34

42

14

35

48

2 vacancies

11

13

15

4

9

3 or more vacancies

4

1

10

4

8

Note:

Percentages may not sum to 100 per cent. due to ‘don’t know’ responses or rounding.

The number of full day care providers in children's centres who were trying to recruit staff was too low for analysis to be carried out.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of carers in daycare settings for children were from (a) white and (b) black and minority ethnic groups in each year since 2003. (290360)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on the ethnicity of staff in the child care and early years workforce. In 2007 only childminders and early years providers in maintained schools were asked about the ethnicity of their staff. Data on the ethnicity of staff in daycare settings were not collected. Table 1 shows the proportion of staff from white and black and minority ethnic groups by setting in 2007, the latest year for which this information is available.

Table 1: Ethnicity of staff in workforce in England, 2007

Proportion of BME staff (percentage)

Number of BME staff1

Proportion of staff not from a BME group (percentage)

Number of staff not from a BME group

Childminders

7

3,900

93

55,900

Nursery schools

12

600

88

4,400

Primary schools with nursery and reception classes

10

5,200

90

47,100

Primary with reception but no nursery classes

2

800

98

37,800

1 All numbers provided have been rounded. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100 if they are greater than 1,000, to the nearest 50 if the number is 100-999 and to the nearest 10 if the number is below 100.

Note:

Figures on the number of staff from a BME group and the proportion and number not from a BME group have been estimated using the figures for the proportion of staff from a BME group and the overall paid number of staff.

Data on the number and proportion of staff in daycare settings from white and black and minority ethnic groups for each year available since 2003 are shown as follows.

Table 2: Ethnicity of staff working in full day care settings in England

2003

2005

2006

Average proportion of BME staff per setting (percentage)

8

10

9

Average proportion of staff per setting not from a BME group (percentage)

92

90

91

Total number of BME staff

8,800

13,550

13,000

Total number of staff not from a BME group

102,300

119,100

130,900

Note:

Full day care figures for 2005 and 2006 on the average proportion of staff per setting not from a BME group and the total number of staff not from a BME group have been estimated using the figures for staff from a BME group and the overall number of paid staff.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of childminders were from (a) white and (b) black and minority ethnic groups in each year since 2003; (290361)

(2) how many and what proportion of childminders were from black and minority ethnic groups in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

The 2007 Childcare and Early Years providers Survey estimated that 7 per cent. of childminders1 working in England were from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, a total of approximately 3,900 individuals.

Data for each year are shown in the following table.

BME ChildmindersChildminders not from a BME group

Proportion of childminders2 (%)

Number of BME childminders3

Proportion of childminders2(%)

Number of childminders not from a BME group3

2003

13

9,500

86

63,100

2004

7

4,000

92

53,200

2006

6

3,600

93

53,800

2007

7

3,900

93

55,810

1 The data provided refer to the number and proportion of working childminders. Childminders who were registered but not working are not included.

2 Proportions may not sum to 100 per cent. due to rounding.

3 All numbers provided have been rounded. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100 if they are greater than 1000, to the nearest 50 if the number is 100-999 and to the nearest 10 if the number is below 100.

Data for 2008 will be available when the 2008 Childcare and Early Years Providers' Survey is published later this year.

Childminders remain the child carers of choice for thousands of families because of the high quality, flexible and responsive service that they offer, but we are continuing to work closely with sector partners (including the National Childminding Association) to strengthen their professional development and the quality of their provision. We are keen to see a diverse and vibrant childcare sector which includes childminders from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds. We will work with Ofsted and the National Childminding Association (NCMA) to look at the factors which are leading to childminders from a BME backgrounds to choose to leave the childminding profession.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of child care (a) places and (b) providers there were in the (i) maintained and (ii) private, voluntary and independent sectors in (A) Hampshire and (B) England on the latest date for which figures are available. (290365)

Ofsted maintains the new registers established under the Childcare Act 2006. The chief inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and copies of her replies have been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 8 September 2009:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for response.

Table A provides figures for the total number of childcare providers registered with Ofsted and the maximum number of childcare places these providers offer in Hampshire and England as at 31 March 2009 and 30 June 2009. These figures represent 100 per cent of the childcare registered by Ofsted. Please note that we do not classify providers as ‘maintained’.

Table A: Number of registered child care providers and maximum number of places offered

Area

Total number of providers registered

Maximum number of registered places offered by providers for children under eight

31 March 2009

England

95,926

1,546,900

Hampshire

3,281

48,709

30 June 2009

England

95,535

Hampshire

3,296

Please note that, as of 1 September 2008, the government introduced new arrangements for the registration of childcare providers through the Childcare Act 2006. There are now two registers: the Early Years Register (EYR) and the Childcare Register. The Childcare Register is subdivided into two parts, the compulsory part (CCR) and the voluntary part (VCR). Childcare providers may be registered on any combination of the EYR, CCR and VCR, depending on the age of the children in their care and the type of care offered. Those providers who care for children from birth to the 31 August following their fifth birthday must register on the EYR, unless they are in a category that is exempt from registration. Providers who care for older children who are under eight must be registered on the CCR. Other childcare providers, for example those caring for children over the age of eight, or caring for a child in the child’s own home, are not required to register with Ofsted, but may join the VCR.

Ofsted only sets the maximum number of places for childcare provision registered on the EYR and the CCR. Numbers of registered places therefore indicate the maximum number of children aged under eight that may be present at any one time. The figures are not the number of places occupied, nor the number of children who may benefit from receiving places through providers offering sessions at different times of the day.

The maximum number of places figures as at 31 March 2009 were calculated by combining the maximum number of places recorded individually for both the Early Years Register (EYR) and the compulsory part of the Childcare Register (CCR) for each provider. As explained when Ofsted published the March 2009 figures, there is a strong possibility that these figures may be higher than the true overall maximum number of places, due to the duplication of places on both registers for some providers. Ofsted omitted the maximum numbers of childcare places as at 30 June 2009 from the figures published in July 2009, explaining that work was underway to improve the quality of these data. Ofsted will publish the maximum number of childcare places in the next childcare providers and places statistical release in October 2009, and in my Annual Report 2008/09, which will be published in November 2009.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of childcare staff had childcare qualifications which were obtained overseas in each of the last five years. (290400)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on staff qualifications that are relevant to working with children and young people. The percentage of paid staff in England holding an overseas qualification for each year available is shown in the following table. Information on the number of paid staff is not available.

Table 1: Proportion of all paid staff holding overseas qualifications

Percentage

2005

2006

2007

Full day care

<0.5

<0.5

<0.5

Full day care in children’s centres

n/a

<0.5

0

Sessional

<0.5

<0.5

<0.5

After school clubs

n/a

<0.5

<0.5

Holiday clubs

n/a

<0.5

<0.5

Childminders

n/a

<0.5

<0.5

Nursery schools

n/a

<0.5

<0.5

Primary schools with nursery and reception classes

n/a

1

<0.5

Primary schools with reception but no nursery classes

n/a

0

<0.5

Notes:

1. Children's centres were included in the survey for the first time in 2006; therefore data are not available for previous years.

2. After school and holiday clubs were sampled differently in 2005 and comparable figures for this year are not available.

3. Early years settings in maintained schools were not included in the 2005 survey.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many registered childminders there were in each region in each quarter of the last year for which figures are available. (290460)

The information requested is shown in the table.

Number of registered childminders in each quarter of the last year1

As at end:

Government office region

August 20082

December 20083

March 2009

June 2009

East of England

7,700

7,400

7,200

6,500

East Midlands

5,500

5,400

5,300

5,300

Inner London

3,400

3,300

3,300

3,300

Outer London

7,300

7,100

7,100

7,000

North East

3,000

2,900

2,800

2,700

North West England

7,200

7,000

6,900

6,200

South East England

12,300

12,000

11,800

11,700

South West England

5,900

5,700

5,600

5,500

West Midlands

5,500

5,400

5,200

5,100

Yorkshire and the Humber

5,900

5,700

5,600

5,600

England

63,600

61,900

60,900

60,200

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Totals may not add up due to rounding.

2. Latest position before new arrangements were introduced in September 2008.

3. First position since new arrangements were introduced in September 2008.

Source:

Ofsted

New Registers, the Early Years Register and the General Childcare Register (including its Voluntary Register), were introduced under the Childcare Act 2006 as part of the Government's reforms to simplify early years regulation and inspection. From 1 September 2008, Ofsted started to record providers in line with these new legal requirements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of carers in daycare settings for children were male in each year since 1997. (290500)

The 2007 Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey estimated that the average proportion of male staff working in full day care settings in England was 2 per cent. In total, there was 2,900 male staff working in full day care settings in England. Data for each year available are shown in the following table.

Table: Male staff working in full day care settings in England

Average proportion of male staff per setting (%)

Total number of male staff1

2001

2

1,900

2003

2

2,000

2005

2

2,500

2006

2

2,500

2007

2

2,900

1 All numbers provided have been rounded. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100 if they are greater than 1,000, to the nearest 50 if the number is 100-999 and to the nearest 10 if the number is below 100.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to ensure an adequate number of free nursery places from autumn 2009. (291524)

Section 6 of the Childcare Act 2006 places a new duty on all local authorities to secure—so far as is reasonably practicable—sufficient child care to meet the needs of parents (in particular those on low incomes or with disabled children) in their area.

Local authorities are also legally required to secure a free Government-funded early education place (currently for 12.5 hours per week over a minimum of 38 weeks per year) for every three and four-year-old in their area. The offer will be extended to 15 hours per week, delivered more flexibly to better suit families' needs, by September 2010. From September 2009, most local authorities, including Coventry, are offering the increased entitlement to 25 per cent. of their most disadvantaged three and four-year-olds, as part of the phasing in of the full extension by 2010.

In addition, the Department is working with Government offices to support all local authorities to roll out an offer of free, Government-funded, early learning and care to 15 per cent. of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds in their area from September 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the £671,000 grant allocated to Gloucester City Council by his Department from the workplace nurseries capital initiative has been repaid. (292174)

Gloucestershire local authority was allocated £671,770 capital funding for workplace nurseries in 2008-09. This formed part of the main capital block of the Sure Start, early years and child care grant and contributed to the authority’s total allocation of £7,167,636 in that block.

Funding in this block is not ring-fenced and the authority has the freedom to decide how much to spend on each area supported by the grant, in line with local needs and priorities.

Local authorities claim their capital funding quarterly throughout the year and should only claim for what they have spent. The Department then makes adjustments based on audited returns. The audited returns for 2008-09 are not yet due, and therefore we do not have information on how much has been spent by authorities in that year.

The Department allows the carry-forward of unspent capital annually until the end of 2010-11 financial year.