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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many child care places his Department provides on its estate; what the cost is of providing such places; how many such places his Department provided in 2010; what the cost was of providing such places in 2010; what plans he has for changes in the provision of such child care places; and what the number of places will be once any such changes have been implemented.
Core DEFRA currently provides the full-time equivalent (FTE) of 44 nursery places, which are taken up on a full or part-time basis. Costs for the 2012-13 financial year are not available. Costs for the previous two financial years are shown in the following table.
|Number of FTE places available||44||44|
|Number of children from core DEFRA employees filling places on full and/or part-time basis||45||48|
|Cost to core DEFRA (£)||91,469||68,273|
Costs to core DEFRA have reduced since 2010 due to withdrawal of a subsidy for new entrants to the nursery. Core DEFRA only incurs costs for the remaining subsidised nursery places.
Additionally, in 2010-11, core DEFRA provided for six nursery places off-site at a cost of £7,863. In 2011-12, core DEFRA provided for one place off-site at a cost of £996. This facility was withdrawn due to lack of demand.
There is a planned review of the strategy for child care in 2013.