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Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education (25 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: Local authorities have a legal duty to ensure there are sufficient childcare places in their area. Our guidance makes clear how we expect local authorities to fund early years entitlement places during the COVID-19 outbreak. This guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/use-of-free-early -education-entitlements-funding-during-the-coronavirus-outbr...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Coronavirus (24 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: Although the department does not supply private, voluntary, and independent early years providers with home tests, all essential workers continue to have access to priority testing via the online booking portal. This applies to all education and childcare workers, including those working in early years settings. Testing capacity is the highest it has ever been. The UK’s daily COVID-19...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Sanitary Protection (24 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: As previously answered in question 113060, on 20 January 2020, the department launched a new scheme which makes free period products available for state-funded primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, in England. Our delivery partner, phs Group, reported in August, that since the scheme launched, almost 40% of eligible organisations have placed orders for period products and we are...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Finance (24 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: Maintained nursery schools are an important part of the early years sector and provide valuable services, especially in disadvantaged areas. The government announced on 24 August that up to £23 million of supplementary funding will be provided to local authorities, to enable them to continue protecting the funding of maintained nursery schools during the summer term in 2021. This provides...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Social Services (24 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: The department has been working closely with local authorities to assess the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on children’s services, including any increases in demand, setting up dedicated regional teams that are in frequent contact. We are monitoring referrals to children’s services via our regional teams and the Vulnerable Children and Young People survey, which collects data...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Hearing Impairment (24 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: The government continues to prioritise the wellbeing and long-term future of our children and young people and early years settings, schools, colleges and universities remain open. Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings. This includes children and young people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness, impairment, or disability...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Babies: Health Services (24 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: Baby massage groups need to meet necessary exceptions to continue during the COVID-19 November 2020 national restrictions. Where these are held in Ofsted registered settings, they should follow government guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak for early years and childcare providers. This is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Free School Meals: Immigrants (24 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: We are working with departments across government to evaluate access to free school meals for families with no recourse to public funds. In the meantime, the extension of eligibility will continue with the current income threshold until a decision on long-term eligibility is made. At present, data is not available regarding the take up of free school meals by no recourse to public funds...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Question (23 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: Ensuring the adoption system is effective is a top priority for this government, and I am determined to tackle the bureaucracy and inefficiencies that can prevent children who need a stable, loving forever home from finding one quickly. I want to make sure that enough adopters are recruited for the children who need them, that they are matched swiftly to children and that they are properly...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Question (23 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: We announced on 24 August 2020 that local authorities will continue to receive supplementary funding for their maintained nursery schools for the whole of the 2020-21 academic year. The department has regular discussions at official and ministerial level about all aspects of the education system for the forthcoming spending review. We are committed to funding for maintained nursery schools...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children and Young People: Mental Health Services and Social Services (23 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: The department has been working closely with local authorities to assess the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on children’s services, including any increases in demand, setting up dedicated regional teams that are in frequent contact. We are monitoring referrals to children’s services via our regional teams and via the Vulnerable Children and Young People survey, which collects data...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Coronavirus (23 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: I refer the hon. Member for Bolton South East to the answer I gave on 20 November 2020 to Question 114782 to my right hon. Friend, the Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupil Premium: North of England (23 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: We are committed to levelling up opportunities to make sure everyone has a fair chance to realise their potential and no one is left behind. The pupil premium furthers this objective by helping schools improve the academic attainment and wider outcomes of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since the pupil premium was introduced in 2011, it has provided more than £18 billion of additional...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Coronavirus (23 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: Parent and pre-school children classes and groups need to meet necessary exceptions to continue during the November 2020 national restrictions. Where these are held in Ofsted registered settings, they should follow government guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak for early years and childcare providers. This is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid...

Education: Childcare Provision (23 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: We have made an unprecedented investment in childcare of £3.6 billion this year. Childcare settings have been prioritised for reopening, childcare bubbles have reduced pressure on working parents, and from next Easter, disadvantaged children will be able to take part in our holiday activities and food programmes all across the country.[Official Report, 24 November 2020, Vol. 684, c. 5MC.]

Education: Holiday Activities and Food Programme (23 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: Rolling out the excellent holiday activity and food programme for children across the country will mean that even more children will benefit from free healthy meals and enriching holiday activities. We have already written to all the local authorities with guidance. We will work closely with them, including sharing best practice from our pilot programmes, and we are appointing a national...

Education: Free School Meals: No Recourse to Public Funds (23 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: This Government are completely committed to free school meals, and no Government have ever been more generous with entitlements, extending eligibility to all infants and disadvantaged children in further education. But throughout the pandemic we also extended eligibility to groups with no recourse to public funds, and we continue to work across Government on longer-term eligibility for these...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Adoption (20 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: The department assess and address barriers to increasing adoption numbers on a regular basis. One barrier has been in recruiting the right adopters for the children waiting. To address this, the government is investing £1 million in adopter recruitment during the 2020-21 financial year, with a focus on generating an increase in people of all backgrounds coming forward to adopt children who...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Adoption (20 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: The department does not hold information on the number of all children in England who are adopted. The latest figures on the number of children in England who have been adopted from care are published in table H1 of the statistical release, entitled ’National tables: Children Looked after in England including adoptions 2018-19’, which is available here:...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Care Leavers (20 Nov 2020)

Vicky Ford: Providing care leavers with the support they need to access educational opportunities that will allow them to reach their potential is one of my main priorities. We have already:Launched 3 care leaver social impact bonds (£5 million over 4 years), which use ‘payment by results’ contracts to support care leavers into education, employment or training.In August 2018, introduced a £1,000...


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