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Child Care

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

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.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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.

  2010-11 2011-12
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 This facility was withdrawn due to lack of demand.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.

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