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Pre-School Education: Finance

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funds his Department has made available to increase the early years entitlement to 25 hours per week from September 2009. (289313)

From September 2009, all local authorities will roll out an extended 15-hour, flexible, free, early education entitlement to their most disadvantaged children. A year later the rollout will be completed, with every three and four-year-old eligible to receive 15 hours early education free per week, to be delivered more flexibly in response to parental demand.

£590 million has been made available over 2008-11 to fund the additional 2.5 hours per week of provision and more flexible delivery. This funding is over and above that which local authorities currently receive through the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for a 12 and a half hour free entitlement.

Over the same period, £642 million capital funding has been made available to improve the quality and capacity of child care in the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector, to help deliver the extension of the 15 hours free entitlement for three and four-year-olds and equip settings with facilities for children with disabilities so there are no barriers for any child accessing child care.

The Government have also committed, from 2011, to funding the cost of all children starting school in the September after their fourth birthday, and the full-time costs (up to 25 hours per week) of those children whose parents would prefer them to be in private or voluntary early years provision.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) childminders and (b) private, voluntary and independent nurseries have received funding from the Early Years Capital Grant. (289315)

Information is not collected on the number and proportion of early years and child care providers who have received funding from the Early Years Capital Grant.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of private, voluntary and independent nurseries have received funding from local authorities to deliver the free early years entitlement in each local authority in each year since 2004. (289799)

The Early Years Census collects information from local authorities on Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) providers delivering the free entitlement. All PVI providers returned in the Early Years Census will receive Dedicated Schools Grant funding from their local authority. Table 1 shows the number of PVI providers recorded on the Early Years Census as delivering the free entitlement from 2004-2009 in each local authority area.

The number of PVI providers not delivering the free entitlement is not known.

Table 1: Number of private, voluntary and independent providers that received funding to deliver the free entitlement, position in January each year

Local authority area

20041

20051

20061

20071

20082

20092

City of London

7

7

7

6

4

4

Camden

88

79

86

86

85

83

Greenwich

62

63

66

64

64

66

Hackney

85

94

94

84

95

95

Hammersmith and Fulham

63

64

67

66

65

64

Islington

80

78

77

75

71

64

Kensington and Chelsea

47

49

46

44

43

40

Lambeth

100

77

112

107

110

109

Lewisham

99

85

103

95

89

89

Southwark

95

104

101

95

90

86

Tower Hamlets

56

54

56

52

53

51

Wandsworth

130

115

131

124

120

122

Westminster

62

50

61

56

62

67

Barking and Dagenham

27

30

31

33

36

38

Barnet

122

125

121

114

111

114

Bexley

61

65

64

66

68

70

Brent

80

87

86

85

87

84

Bromley

159

152

169

158

159

158

Croydon

128

142

138

141

139

145

Ealing

95

104

106

101

101

98

Enfield

95

99

104

103

107

105

Haringey

55

74

70

70

70

68

Harrow

74

80

74

76

79

78

Havering

85

88

92

94

98

94

Hillingdon

78

74

72

75

73

71

Hounslow

65

69

72

72

62

70

Kingston upon Thames

46

51

52

49

50

52

Merton

54

63

63

59

61

63

Newham

56

54

58

54

60

58

Redbridge

76

78

78

80

79

81

Richmond upon Thames

98

104

106

101

103

104

Sutton

69

68

69

64

62

61

Waltham Forest

72

72

74

70

65

66

Birmingham

332

344

360

341

358

361

Coventry

99

106

105

111

109

111

Dudley

83

87

87

79

80

80

Sandwell

39

47

46

50

50

56

Solihull

66

70

70

77

83

84

Walsall

31

30

33

34

34

37

Wolverhampton

29

31

39

34

30

30

Knowsley

14

13

17

18

17

17

Liverpool

125

124

129

129

119

118

St. Helens

53

53

54

52

51

52

Sefton

73

75

76

77

76

74

Wirral

118

124

130

119

119

119

Bolton

86

83

89

83

84

84

Bury

56

57

66

67

64

63

Manchester

117

116

122

120

120

124

Oldham

92

101

94

94

90

87

Rochdale

88

89

88

86

79

82

Salford

55

64

65

68

67

71

Stockport

81

83

88

84

82

85

Tameside

48

52

53

49

47

49

Trafford

75

81

82

84

76

85

Wigan

99

94

92

87

90

89

Barnsley

50

60

61

61

60

62

Doncaster

57

70

72

71

69

66

Rotherham

57

58

55

56

59

60

Sheffield

141

145

150

150

134

139

Bradford

127

134

136

127

129

128

Calderdale

90

91

97

103

101

99

Kirklees

177

182

188

179

184

183

Leeds

174

183

187

181

183

190

Wakefield

61

69

63

59

62

60

Gateshead

47

50

44

44

44

46

Newcastle

76

76

77

74

75

80

North Tyneside

27

26

27

28

28

28

South Tyneside

12

12

13

13

12

11

Sunderland

30

35

32

32

30

31

Isles of Scilly

2

3

3

2

2

2

Bath and North East Somerset

90

88

86

84

84

84

City of Bristol

116

134

137

129

121

121

North Somerset

96

102

101

101

99

99

South Gloucestershire

141

129

140

140

137

140

Hartlepool

10

14

13

11

10

11

Middlesbrough

19

27

30

27

27

26

Redcar and Cleveland

17

15

15

12

11

10

Stockton on Tees

25

31

28

25

27

26

Kingston upon Hull

57

55

57

58

54

57

East Riding of Yorkshire

131

112

131

127

127

124

NE Lincolnshire

48

44

43

42

42

43

North Lincolnshire

55

61

61

58

59

56

North Yorkshire

303

299

318

306

306

305

York

88

90

98

93

86

85

Bedfordshire

180

185

183

177

175

177

Luton

58

64

62

62

60

60

Buckinghamshire

262

271

271

272

270

272

Milton Keynes

112

117

110

110

111

113

Derbyshire

286

280

286

284

287

284

Derby

64

72

69

68

66

67

Dorset

210

217

217

212

206

203

Poole

63

52

56

57

57

56

Bournemouth

74

82

86

86

80

79

Durham

77

78

78

80

83

86

Darlington

24

25

26

27

29

30

East Sussex

268

275

259

256

254

247

Brighton and Hove

95

104

109

113

110

109

Hampshire

659

687

657

657

661

663

Portsmouth

84

90

92

89

87

85

Southampton

78

98

91

88

86

86

Leicestershire

340

359

350

350

343

344

Leicester

107

118

123

120

121

121

Rutland

27

27

28

26

25

25

Staffordshire

342

303

376

369

365

391

Stoke-on-Trent

58

67

68

66

64

65

Wiltshire

291

296

295

292

291

277

Swindon

77

81

79

79

78

78

Bracknell Forest

52

51

49

49

48

49

Windsor and Maidenhead

68

72

74

75

74

76

West Berkshire

74

81

80

78

77

79

Reading

52

55

54

56

53

53

Slough

21

19

21

22

24

23

Wokingham

70

71

71

71

71

72

Cambridgeshire

293

309

303

299

296

294

City of Peterborough

96

97

99

96

92

91

Cheshire

331

338

347

345

346

345

Halton

55

54

55

50

50

49

Warrington

71

75

71

73

71

69

Devon

406

400

397

401

400

400

City of Plymouth

114

110

109

109

103

102

Torbay

45

46

41

40

39

39

Essex

620

644

641

636

635

636

Southend-on-Sea

78

67

76

72

74

74

Thurrock

52

51

51

51

50

50

Herefordshire

105

110

102

102

98

97

Worcestershire

284

294

297

283

300

296

Kent

724

726

711

732

678

673

Medway

125

130

123

116

111

106

Lancashire

460

466

474

484

463

478

Blackburn with Darwen

51

54

49

46

46

49

Blackpool

54

54

55

55

54

53

Nottinghamshire

245

252

254

253

251

247

City of Nottingham

72

78

77

75

74

69

Shropshire

176

176

174

169

168

168

Telford and Wrekin

62

64

70

62

61

62

Cornwall

273

283

294

285

285

284

Cumbria

163

180

186

186

182

179

Gloucestershire

378

379

385

364

326

359

Hertfordshire

432

456

458

465

466

470

Isle of Wight

58

60

62

59

57

56

Lincolnshire

286

305

303

299

289

292

Norfolk

380

341

384

367

361

348

Northamptonshire

286

306

321

321

324

316

Northumberland

86

91

86

89

87

84

Oxfordshire

330

346

347

333

334

326

Somerset

322

303

340

320

312

305

Suffolk

333

335

335

327

317

315

Surrey

544

562

565

554

542

537

Warwickshire

233

242

241

240

245

242

West Sussex

390

425

442

428

409

409

Total

19,938

20,423

20,799

20,432

20,160

20,187

1 Data based on aggregate local authority funding return.

2 Data based on child-level Early Years Census return.

Source:

Early Years Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) Sure Start, (b) Early Years and (c) Childcare Grant allocations has been retained by each local authority in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what the total (i) revenue and (ii) capital allocation was in each case. (290451)

Local authorities do not retain unspent allocation of the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant (SSEYCG). The Department claws back any unspent allocation of revenue following receipt of audited statements of expenditure. The Department also does this for capital allocations but offers carry-forward of unspent capital each year until the end of March 2011 (2010-11 financial year).

The information requested has been placed in the House Libraries. The SSEYCG allocations for each local authority for the last three years are given in Table 1. The spend by local authorities for the last three years for which figures are available are given in Table 2.

The SSEYCG is not divided into the three categories of (a) Sure Start, (b) Early Years and (c) Childcare Grant and local authorities do not report on that basis. The SSEYCG is made up of broad ring-fenced blocks.

In 2009-10 there were nine blocks: Main Revenue, Sure Start Local Programmes, Disabled Children’s Access to Childcare, Two-year-olds Offer, 0 to seven Partnerships Pilots, Work Focused Services, Aiming High for Disabled Children Revenue, Main Capital and Aiming High for Disabled Children Capital. The grant structure is detailed in the Memorandum of Grant which was sent to local authorities’ chief executives and directors of children’s services on 19 February 2009.