Children: Day Care

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 3rd September 2007.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) how many people have participated in level 3 to 5 childcare training since the inception of the Transformation Fund; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many (a) recruitment incentives, (b) quality premiums and (c) home grown graduate incentives have been paid from the Transformation Fund for child care; and at what cost;

(3) how much each local authority has received from the Transformation Fund since its inception.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

The Transformation Fund was introduced in April 2006 as a time-limited initiative to test out approaches to improving the qualifications of the early years workforce in the private, voluntary and independent sectors and to raise standards in the provision of early education and child care. Its particular focus has been to initiate action directed at ensuring all full day care settings are led by a graduate, through the availability of a quality premium, a recruitment incentive and, since December 2006, a home grown graduate incentive. It has also supported broader upskilling of the workforce to raise the numbers of staff qualified at Level 3, 4 and 5 as well as to train staff to work with children with additional needs.

The Department does not collect data on the number of people who are participating in Level 3 to 5 training via the Transformation Fund. However, based on returns from local authorities, over 18,000 settings (including over 4,200 childminders) have received support through the Transformation Fund for one or more of the five eligible strands identified above.

According to returns from local authorities, as of March 2007:

(a) 428 full day care settings received the Recruitment Incentive at a cost of £1,218,218;

(b) 1,152 full day care settings received the Quality Premium at a cost of £4,506,676; and

(c) 282 full day care settings received the Home Grown Graduate Incentive at a cost of £448,608 (this element started in December 2006).

The following table sets out out-turn data for 2006-07 based on the unaudited financial statements received to date from local authorities.

Transformation Fund expenditure 2006-07 based on local authorities unaudited financial statements as at July 24 2007
Local Authority Unaudited 2006-07 expenditure (£)
Barking and Dagenham 100,294
Barnet (1)236,512
Barnsley 34,477
Bath and North East Somerset 72,365
Bedfordshire 184,637
Bexley 62,829
Birmingham 202,702
Blackburn with Darwen 201,093
Blackpool 104,901
Bolton 152,274
Bournemouth 143,647
Bracknell Forest 68,231
Bradford 346,169
Brent 196,192
Brighton and Hove 110,643
Bristol 272,896
Bromley 413,363
Buckinghamshire 127,277
Bury 74,243
Calderdale 92,087
Cambridgeshire 381,236
Camden (1)164,321
Cheshire 443,191
City of London 5,970
Cornwall 361,820
Coventry 102,718
Croydon 286,194
Cumbria 385,287
Darlington 92,938
Derby 189,830
Derbyshire 550,868
Devon (1)321,845
Doncaster 261,391
Dorset 250,341
Dudley 28,907
Durham 408,083
Ealing 71,301
East Riding of Yorkshire 136,864
East Sussex 183,253
Enfield 93,068
Essex 614,970
Gateshead 64,751
Gloucestershire 443,612
Greenwich 111,147
Hackney 266,990
Halton 134,730
Hammersmith and Fulham 146,702
Hampshire 819,258
Haringey (1)190,246
Harrow 51,920
Hartlepool 89,369
Havering 48,166
Herefordshire 111,624
Hertfordshire 446,886
Hillingdon 44,407
Hounslow (1)157,227
Isle of Wight 119,110
Isles of Scilly 18,305
Islington 199,017
Kensington and Chelsea 196,244
Kent 903,396
Kingston upon Hull 187,123
Kingston upon Thames 91,449
Kirklees 339,249
Knowsley 10,744
Lambeth 11,984
Lancashire 488,578
Leeds 54,370
Leicester City 49,051
Leicestershire 24,264
Lewisham 201,062
Lincolnshire 352,206
Liverpool 179,612
Luton 190,173
Manchester 130,004
Medway 288,554
Merton 71,036
Middlesbrough 131,070
Milton Keynes 159,363
NE Lincolnshire 166,805
Newcastle upon Tyne (1)136,612
Newham 181,102
Norfolk 161,075
North Lincolnshire (1)83,974
North Somerset 119,754
North Tyneside 177,479
North Yorkshire 350,678
Northamptonshire 189,524
Northumberland 230,933
Nottingham City 115,823
Nottinghamshire 587,501
Oldham 101,933
Oxfordshire 302,496
Peterborough (1)105,779
Plymouth 176,670
Poole 71,942
Portsmouth 198,874
Reading 61,094
Redbridge 316,977
Redcar and Cleveland 119,535
Richmond upon Thames 166,123
Rochdale 288,925
Rotherham 176,394
Rutland 37,586
Salford 157,618
Sandwell 55,616
Sefton 252,575
Sheffield 246,813
Shropshire 261,923
Slough 37,379
Solihull 161,445
Somerset 385,671
South Gloucestershire 208,577
South Tyneside 79,544
Southampton 126,214
Southend 145,648
Southwark (1)219,576
St. Helens 77,731
Staffordshire 393,587
Stockport 242,465
Stockton-on-Tees 178,610
Stoke on Trent (1)133,844
Suffolk (1)357,376
Sunderland 238,192
Surrey 402,868
Sutton (1)115,767
Swindon 164,643
Tameside (1)125,815
Telford and the Wrekin 58,582
Thurrock 175,291
Torbay 94,494
Tower Hamlets (1)207,256
Trafford 74,411
Wakefield 82,485
Walsall 30,206
Waltham Forest 155,331
Wandsworth 362,376
Warrington 183,121
Warwickshire (1)275,525
West Berkshire 45,033
West Sussex 279,449
Westminster 344,036
Wigan 286,253
Wiltshire 290,866
Windsor and Maidenhead 102,758
Wirral 53,910
Wokingham 115,643
Wolverhampton (1)143,474
Worcestershire 310,791
York 145,270
Total 29,265,873
(1 )These local authorities have still to submit returns and therefore notional expenditure has been shown which is based on an assumption of same spend rate as the 134 local authorities that have submitted statements.

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