Child Care

Education and Skills written question – answered on 28th February 2007.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown PPS (Mr Phil Woolas, Minister of State), Department for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills

(1) what percentage of school age children access formal child care (a) in each region, including London, and (b) in West Ham constituency;

(2) what percentage of pre-school age children access formal child care (a) in each region, including London, and (b) in West Ham constituency;

(3) what the percentage take-up of formal child care by lower income working families, as defined by his Department and the Department for Work and Pensions public service agreement, is (a) in each region, including London, and (b) in West Ham constituency;

(4) by what percentage take-up of formal child care has changed among (a) lone parents and (b) working couples (i) in each region, including London, and (ii) in West Ham constituency since 2001.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Children, Young People and Families)

The information requested at regional level is detailed as follows. However, the sample size of the Department's survey(1) on parents' data used to produce the figures is not large enough to enable analysis at constituency level.

(1 )DfES Survey Childcare Early Years provision: A Study of parents' Use, Views and Experiences 2004-05.

Percentage of school age children who used a formal child care provider in the last week by Government office region
Percentage
East Midlands 19
East of England 21
London 19
North East 16
North West 17
South East 21
South West 20
West Midlands 18
Yorkshire and the Humber 17
Notes:

1. Rounded to the nearest percentage point.

2. These figures should be treated with care as some rely on relatively small sample sizes.

3. Lower income working families are defined as those on an annual family income of under £20,000.

Percentage of pre-school age children who used a formal child care provider in the last week by Government office region
Percentage
East Midlands 65
East of England 56
London 49
North East 56
North West 56
South East 58
South West 58
West Midlands 57
Yorkshire and the Humber 57
Notes:

1. Rounded to the nearest percentage point

2. These figures should be treated with care as some rely on relatively small sample sizes.

3. Lower income working families are defined as those on an annual family income of under £20,000.

Percentage take-up of formal child care, in the last week, by lower income working families by Government office region
Percentage
East Midlands 29
East of England 27
London 24
North East 24
North West 23
South East 28
South West 27
West Midlands 26
Yorkshire and the Humber 25
Notes:

1. Rounded to the nearest percentage point.

2. These figures should be treated with care as some rely on relatively small sample sizes.

3. Lower income working families are defined as those on an annual family income of under £20,000.

Percentage change in the proportion of children in lone parent families who used formal child care in the last week by Government office region
2001 (percentage) 2004 (percentage) Percentage change
East Midlands 27 24 -10
East of England 19 28 46
London 24 26 9
North East 23 21 -5
North West 24 28 18
South East 20 27 38
South West 21 26 26
West Midlands 21 29 40
Yorkshire and the Humber 21 29 40
Notes:

1. Rounded to the nearest percentage point.

2. These figures should be treated with care as some rely on relatively small sample sizes includes both working and non working lone parent families.

3. Lower income working families are defined as those on an annual family income of under £20,000.

Percentage change in the proportion of children in working couple families who used formal child care in the last week by Government office region
2001 (percentage) 2004 (percentage) Percentage change
East Midlands 29 36 24
East of England 25 32 28
London 28 33 19
North East 24 30 28
North West 23 30 30
South East 28 33 20
South West 26 35 35
West Midlands 28 31 11
Yorkshire and the Humber 27 29 6
Notes:

1. Rounded to the nearest percentage point.

2. These figures should be treated with care as some rely on relatively small sample sizes.

3. Lower income working families are defined as those on an annual family income of under £20,000.

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