§ Margaret Hodge
The information is not available in the form requested. The information available is shown in Tables 1 and 2. The figures are as returned by local authorities.
The latest figures on day care facilities in England were published by my Department in Statistical Bulletin 08/01 "Children's Day Care facilities at 31 March 2001" in October 2001, a copy of which is available from the Library. An electronic copy of this publication is also available on my Department's website (http://www.dfes.gov.uk/statistics).
Statistics are collected at local education authority level, not split between urban and rural areas. Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships (EYDCPs) are responsible for ensuring full coverage of both urban and rural areas within their areas of remit. EYDCPs have been set up in every local authority area of England.
To maximise the support available in rural areas, an additional £22 million has been allocated for a round of smaller Sure Start programmes, delivered through EYDCPs. These new Mini-Sure Starts will provide additional resources to new neighbourhood nurseries and existing child care facilities in rural areas, small towns, and pockets of disadvantage enabling them to offer a wider range of family support.
To date plans for Mini-Sure Starts show that over 65 per cent. of the programmes will be integrated with a neighbourhood nursery, helping to ensure families most in need have access to quality, affordable child care though neighbourhood nurseries and the additional services provided by Sure Start.
Table 1: Number of day nurseries for children under eight—England. 1992–2001 Position at 31 March each year Year as at 31 March Total number of day nurseries 1992 4,100 1993 4,500 1994 5,000 1995 5,400 1996 5,700 1997 6,100 1998 6,700 1999 7,000 2000 7,500 2001 7,800
1. Includes facilities provided by voluntary organisations under agency arrangements, under section 22 of the National Health Service Act 1946.
2. Data collection guidance changed in 1999.1051W
Table 2: Providers in day nurseries by Government office region— England, 1999–2001 Positions at 31 March each year All day nurseries 1999 2000 2001 England 7,000 7,500 7,800 North East 190 190 220 North West and Merseyside North West 840 910 940 Merseyside 240 200 250 Yorkshire and Humber 700 690 710 East Midlands 560 660 550 West Midlands 870 900 970 East of England 570 610 600 Greater London Inner London 610 650 680 Outer London 550 600 620 South East 1.100 1,240 1,400 South West 770 900 910
1. All figures are estimates and have been rounded to the nearest 10 or 100 as appropriate. Figures may not add to totals because of rounding.