Children: Day Care

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller Shadow Minister (Children, Young People and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what criteria providers must fulfil to gain access to funding from the local authority child care sustainability grant; and how much from the grant has been allocated to (a) maintained child care settings and (b) private, voluntary and independent child care providers in each local authority 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 Memorandum of Grant which sets out the funding and payment arrangements for the Sure Start, early years and child care grant makes it clear to local authorities that a key objective of the grant is to support child care sufficiency and access, and contains brief guidance on activities that the funding is intended to help.

Local authorities have considerable discretion in choosing which child care providers to help in the light of local circumstances, and the "Securing Sufficient Childcare" statutory guidance contains some specific examples of situations in which they should consider making financial support available to providers.

The Department does not collect information on the allocations of funding from local authorities to individual child care providers within their areas.

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