Prime Minister: Nurseries

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 30th November 2017.

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Photo of Tracy Brabin Tracy Brabin Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what childcare facilities 10 Downing Street makes available for its staff; how much 10 Downing Street spent (a) overall and (b) per child on those facilities in the last 12 months; and how many of 10 Downing Street's staff use those facilities.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

Holding answer received on 13 November 2017

No10 do support the provision of childcare facilities for employees. If staff are based in London, they can apply for a place on the Westminster Holiday Playscheme which is provided by a third party. Children aged 4 years 9 months to 12 years are eligible to attend the playscheme, which runs during school holidays. If staff are based outside London and use a playscheme close to their home, the department will help with the cost of using the playscheme as long as the supplier is registered to provide childcare services. The cost of the playscheme is shared between the department and the parent.

  1. Overall expenditure on the playscheme facilities for last financial year 2016/17 totalled £2,828.00
  1. The department contributed an average of £78.56 per child during financial year 16/17, with a total of 27 staff using the facilities.

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