(2) what funding his Department has allocated to the extension of the free entitlement to early education to two year olds who do not have such an entitlement at present in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.
[holding answer 8 December 2009]: Funding allocated to support the Free Early Learning and Childcare offer to the most disadvantaged two-year-olds is as follows:
£ million 2008-09 20 2009-10 61 2010-11 76
Decisions regarding future funding settlements will be taken as part of the next spending review.
[holding answer 8 December 2009]: Over 20,000 two-year-olds already have access to free places and we will continue to make progress on the long-term ambition to provide free part-time nursery places for all two-year-olds whose parents want them. The reforms the Government are making to tax relief for Childcare Vouchers will allow us to go further. Two-year-old places will continue to be rolled out stage-by-stage in each of the next three financial years.