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Education (East Worthing and Shoreham)

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

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new nurseries have been set up in East Worthing and Shoreham since 1997.

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

West Sussex local authority is responsible for determining the local need for nurseries in West Sussex and holding information on current provision. West Sussex local authority reported that between April 1999 and December 2003, 37 new nurseries have been established in the constituency of East Worthing and Shoreham. Thirteen of these are offering full daycare and 24 are offering sessional daycare, creating 1,301 additional places. West Sussex Local authority plan to create a Children's Centre in Worthing providing Children's Centre services for around 250 children and their families. The nursery attached to the Worthing Children's Centre (which has benefited from resources from the Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative) is set to open in October 2004 and will deliver 30 new full daycare places.

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