Children: Day Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of new childcare places that will be created through the Childcare Business Grant scheme in 2015-16.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The ‘Childcare Business Grant Scheme’ has been running since 2013 and has so far distributed £1.4 million to new childcare businesses, supporting around 5,000 new child minders. In the Autumn statement it was announced that the scheme will be extended with an additional £2 million made available to new childcare businesses during 2015/16, to help parents access the childcare they need.

The ‘Childcare Business Grant Scheme’ is the responsibility of the Government Equalities Office and they have yet to finalise details of the extension to the scheme. The Department for Education has not yet made any such assessment or estimate of the number of childcare places that will be created.

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