Children: Day Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy in on providing support for childcare costs incurred from providers not registered with Ofsted.

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

The Department for Education provides support with the costs of childcare through the early education entitlement for two-, three- and four-year-olds, delivered by Ofsted registered providers. This support is worth around £3 billion a year.

The government only funds registered providers so that minimum safeguards and standards, which are set out in regulations, are assured and children kept secure and safe from harm. Providers who deliver the early education entitlement are registered with Ofsted on the Early Years Register and are subject to a rigorous registration process. They are also subject to inspection that covers quality assessment as well as compliance with basic standards.

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