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Children: Day Care

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children attend (a) Sure Start facilities and (b) children’s centres in Hampstead and Highgate constituency; and how much such facilities cost in the last 12 months for which information is available. (304128)

The first Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs) were set up in 1999-2000. Sure Start Children’s Centres were introduced from 2003-04. All former SSLPs have now become Sure Start Children’s Centres.

Camden local authority has 17 Sure Start Children’s Centres reaching a total of over 10,600 under fives and their families. Of these six children’s centres are in the Hampstead and Highgate constituency reaching a total of around 3,500 under fives and their families.

The latest year for which we have an audited spend is 2007-08 for which Camden local authority spent a total of 6,267,295. The allocations for Sure Start Children’s Centres revenue and capital are included within the wider Sure Start Early Years and Childcare Grant Main Revenue and Main Capital funding respectively. Funding in these blocks 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 priorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) Sure Start centres and (b) children's centres have been opened in North East Lincolnshire since 1997; and what funding his Department has provided for such centres in that period. (304424)

The first Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs) were set up in 1999-2000. Sure Start children's centres were introduced from 2003-04. All former SSLPs have now become Sure Start children's centres.

North East Lincolnshire local authority has 14 designated Sure Start children's centres reaching a total of over 9,800 under-fives and their families.

The total Sure Start Early Years and Childcare Grant provided to North East Lincolnshire local authority since 1997, for which information is available is around £54,719,000.