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Children: Day Care

Education written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to his Department's More Great Childcare report, what consultations his Department undertook with people who work in child care to inform its policy proposals.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

holding answer 7 February 2013

I, and officials of the Department, held a number of meetings with interested parties in advance of the publication of our “More Great Childcare” report. This included discussions with representative bodies, providers, local authorities and academics to discuss our emerging proposals. Our report incorporates the Government's response to Professor Cathy Nutbrown's independent review of qualifications for the early education and child care workforce, and that itself was subject to extensive consultation and discussion with a very wide range of interested individuals and organisations.

We are committed to continuing to discuss our proposals further with all who have an interest in them. We have launched a public consultation on how early education and child care staff may be deployed in the future and this runs until 25 March 2013. In addition, we expect the Teaching Agency to launch a consultation shortly on new criteria to underpin new early years qualifications, and we intend to consult on new statutory guidance to reflect the role of local authorities set out in “More Great Childcare”. Further consultations may also follow.

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