HC Deb 29 November 1999 vol 340 cc44-5W
Jackie Ballard

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many places with registered forms of child care there have been for each quarter of 1999 in England. [98664]

Ms Hodge

Information, which is collected annually, is not available in the precise form requested. The available information is shown in the following table.

Children's day care provision in England as at 31 March 1999 (provisional)
Providers Child care places
Day Nurseries 7,000 247,700
Playgroups 15,000 347,200
Child minders 82,200 336,600
Out of School Clubs 3,800 113,800
Holiday Schemes 10,200 435,300


Data compiled from information provided by local authorities. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. Provision may be made by local authorities, voluntary or private organisations register under Part X of the Children Act 1989 or exempt from registration. Where complete information was not available, some estimates have been made. Holiday schemes are counted once for each holiday period in which they operate.