HC Deb 04 July 2002 vol 388 c483W
21. Mr. Gareth Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she is taking to improve the regulation of after-school clubs. [64416]

Margaret Hodge

Last year we transferred responsibility for the registration and inspection of under 8s child care, including after-school clubs, from local authorities to the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). At the same time we introduced National Standards and there is a specific set of criteria covering out of school care. A national scheme will bring improvements to the regulation of after-school clubs, not least a more consistent approach across England. Earlier this year we consulted on proposals for a scheme for certifying child care providers' suitability to look after older children, and we will be looking carefully at the results of that consultation as these proposals are taken forward.