Children: Day Care

Education written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Labour, Manchester Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment has been made by his Department on the extent of provision of holiday child care for (a) all age groups, (b) disabled children and (c) children living in rural areas.

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

The latest available information is for 2011 when it is estimated that there were 7,900 holiday clubs offering child care(1).

Table 1 provides national estimates of the age breakdown of children who attended holiday clubs in 2011.

Table 1
Age Holiday club attendees (%)
Under 2 years old 7
2 years old 9
3 years old 11
4 years old 11
5 to 7 years old 30
8 to 10 years old 25
11 years or older 7
Source: Table 4.20b Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey 2011(2).

Table 2 provides national estimates of the proportion of holiday clubs caring for children with disabilities in 2011.

Table 2
Caring for Holiday clubs (%)
Minor disabilities 41
Moderate disabilities 35
Severe disabilities 13
Does not currently care for children with disabilities 43
Source: Table 4.20 Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey 2011.

Data is not available on the extent of provision of holiday child care for children living in rural areas.

(1 )The Department for Education's Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on the number of holiday clubs in England that provide holiday care for children under the age of eight. Where these providers also offer care for children over eight, information on this is collected.

(2 )https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/childcare-and-early-years-providers-survey-2011

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