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House of Commons Hansard
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23 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what payments the National Childminding Association has received from his Department in each of the last three years. [305263]

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The total payments made by the Department for Children, Schools and Families to the National Childminding Association (NCMA) in each the last three years are as follows:

£

April 2007 to March 2008

1,804,136.00

April 2008 to March 2009

2,138,095.00

April 2009 to October 2009

1,117,350.00

The bulk of these totals reflect the regular quarterly payments to the NCMA for the work highlighted in each year's Strategic Grant that it receives from the DCSF to support children, families and communities across the country and help deliver departmental priorities and programmes, with a particular focus on further enhancing the professionalization and professionalism of childminders. The four broad objectives of the Association's Strategic Grant are to:

Support families to access the child care they need;

Improve outcomes for children by developing a highly qualified home-based child care work force;

Narrow the gap for disadvantaged and vulnerable families by raising the quality and scope of childminding practice;

Promote integrated working and childcare initiatives.