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Sure Start

Education and Skills written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Claire Ward Claire Ward Labour, Watford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he plans to extend the Sure Start scheme to Watford constituency.

Photo of Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Children)

There are a range of Sure Start services in Watford, including a children's centre, attached to Westfield School. Holywell is providing Sure Start services for around 590 children and their families. Since 1998, we have guaranteed free early education for all 4-year-olds and this guarantee has been extended to all 3-year-olds from April 2004. In Hertfordshire this represents an additional funding of over £60 million for 2004–05.

Since 1999, Hertfordshire have also been given over £6.1 million of funding to provide additional child care places and figures received from the authority shows that by March 2003 additional 11,067 childcare places were created.

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