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Children: Day Care

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department holds on the number of childcare providers in (a) Chorley constituency and (b) Lancashire who take part in the childcare voucher scheme. (302383)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is not available, as employers and employees are not required to report the provision of tax exempt child care vouchers.

However, research commissioned by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in 2005, by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and available at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/research/research-report23.htm

estimates the proportion of employers that offer Employer Supported Childcare (ESC) split by Government office region (Table A.7, Appendix A, page 19).

These numbers should be treated with caution as the employee take-up rate and use of vouchers as opposed to other forms of ESC would likely vary from region to region and these figures do not account for employees working in one region and living in another. No estimates are made for Chorley constituency or Lancashire.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) maintained and (b) private, voluntary and independent nurseries have closed in each quarter of the last five years. (317742)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 1062W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of childminders to have entered the profession in each year since 1997. (317747)

Information is not available specifically on the number of childminders who enter the profession. However, Ofsted have collected information on the number of registered child care providers and registered child care places available to children under eight years of age on a quarterly basis from March 2003.

All information, including numbers of childminders, by local authority, is published on Ofsted's website and can be found using the following links:

Information from 2008 onwards:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Statistics/Childcare-and-early-years/Childcare-providers-and-places/Registered-childcare-providers-and-places-in-England-December-2008-onwards

Information between September 2006 and August 2008:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Statistics/Childcare-and-early-years/Childcare-providers-and-places/Registered-childcare-providers-and-places-in-England-September-2006-to-August-2008

Information between March 2003 and June 2006:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Statistics/Childcare-and-early-years/Childcare-providers-and-places/Registered-childcare-providers-and-places-in-England-March-2003-June-2006

In addition, Ofsted has published figures on childminders joining and leaving the register since November 2006, which showed figures for childminders joining and leaving the register between April 2005 and September 2006. These data are shown in each local authority's Early Years Statistical Profile, available via each local authority's page on the Ofsted website:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxcare_providers/list_by_la

With the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage in September 2008 Ofsted reviewed its publications and decided to incorporate data on providers joining and leaving registers in its regular quarterly publication on child care providers and places. Ofsted published these datasets together for the first time in January 2010, showing figures of providers joining and leaving the registers between 1 October 2009 and 31 December 2009:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-by/Documents-by-type/Statistics/Childcare-and-early-years/Childcare-providers-and-places/Registered-childcare-providers-and-places-in-England-December-2008-onwards

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare places there are in (a) each London borough and (b) nationally; and how many such places are required in each of those areas to meet the Government's 2010 target. (323777)

Information on the number of childcare places registered with Ofsted available nationally and in each London borough is shown in the following table.

In ‘Choice for parents: the best start for Children’ the Government set out a range of targets and ambitions, to achieve its 10-year childcare strategy, including some to be achieved by 2010. However, many of these were not expressed in terms of delivering a specific number of places.

The ambition to ensure parents can access suitable childcare places has been met by placing duties on all English local authorities to assess and secure sufficient childcare places in their area for children aged 0-14 (18 for disabled children).

Table: Number1 of child care places2 for children under eight years of age in England and in each London borough—position at 31 December 2009

Region

Places

England

1,321,100

Inner London

City of London

300

Camden

5,500

Hackney

6,000

Hammersmith and Fulham

4,300

Haringey

4,900

Islington

4,600

Kensington and Chelsea

3,700

Lambeth

7,300

Lewisham

7,600

Newham

4,800

Southwark

9,000

Tower Hamlets

4,200

Wandsworth

8,300

Westminster

3,800

Outer London

Barking and Dagenham

4,000

Barnet

8,800

Bexley

5,400

Brent

6,000

Bromley

10,300

Croydon

11,000

Ealing

7,800

Enfield

7,200

Greenwich

6,800

Harrow

4,700

Havering

5,000

Hillingdon

6,300

Hounslow

4,900

Kingston upon Thames

4,600

Merton

4,600

Redbridge

6,400

Richmond upon Thames

6,900

Sutton

4,500

Waltham Forest

6,400

1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

2 Data Source: Ofsted—total includes childminders, child care on non-domestic premises, child care on domestic premises and home child carer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much Ofsted received in registration fees from all child care settings in 2008-09. (325316)

[holding answer 6 April 2010]: This is a matter for Ofsted. The Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and copies of her reply will be placed in the House Libraries.