Children: Day Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 12th July 2018.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of children who are eligible for 30 hours free childcare in (a) the Bexleyheath and Crayford Constituency, (b) Bexley Borough and (c) London.

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

The government set out in the 2015 Spending Review that nationally we expect 390,000 children to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare. This figure is derived from national survey data taken in January and is an average across the year. Estimates at a regional and local authority level are not available due to the relatively small population that we are estimating within sub-national geographies.

We publish termly experimental statistics showing the number of children in a place. The most recent publication showed that 1,561 codes were issued in Bexley and that 1,113 children were in a 30 hours place in the summer term. Furthermore, at a regional level, 44,963 codes were issued in London and 37,286 children were in a 30 hours place.

Although we do not hold data at a constituency level, the full publication, which shows local authority and regional level breakdowns, is available here:

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