Children: Day Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Tracy Brabin Tracy Brabin Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department records whether child care settings which receive public funding have sprinkler systems.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The department does not record whether early years childcare settings that receive public funding have sprinkler systems. However, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework, which is mandatory for all early years providers, requires providers to comply with requirements of health and safety legislation, including fire safety. Providers must have appropriate fire detection and control equipment (for example, fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire blankets and/or fire extinguishers) in working order. As the regulator, Ofsted is responsible for making sure providers comply with the requirements of the EYFS.

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