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|Type of care||2003||2004|
|Full day care||2,200||2,500|
|Sessional day care||800||700|
|Out of school day care||1,300||1,600|
|Crèche day care||200||200|
|Type of provider||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001|
|Playgroups and pre-schools||880||(17);||960||1,000||910|
|Out of school clubs||950||(17);||940||930||1,700|
The figures for child care places for 2003 and 2004 are not directly comparable with the day care figures for 1997/2001. The figures for 2003 and 2004 were derived from the Ofsted database of registered child care providers. The figures for 1997/2001 were derived from the Children's Day Care Facilities Survey, which was discontinued in 2001. There are no figures for 2002.
With the introduction of the National Day Care Standards and the transfer of responsibilities for registration and inspection of childcare providers from local authority social service departments to Ofsted in September 2001, childcare places were classified according to the type of day care provided: full day care,
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sessional day care, childminder, out of school day care or crèche day care. Ofsted have produced figures based on this classification on a quarterly basis from March 2003. Their latest figures were published on 21 October 2004 in their report "Registered Childcare Providers and Places, 30 September 2004", which is available on their website, www.ofsted.gov.uk/publications.
Up until March 2001, childcare providers were classified according to the type of provider: day nurseries, playgroups and pre-schools, childminders, out of school clubs and holiday schemes. Figures based on this classification were published in a series of Statistical Bulletins, which are available from the Department's website, www.dfes.gov.uk/statistics.
All four-year-olds in England have been entitled to a free part-time early education place since September 1998. All three-year-olds in England have been entitled to a free part-time early education place since April 2004. The latest figures on early education places for three and four year olds in England were published in Statistical First Release 39/2004 "Provision for children under five years of age in EnglandJanuary 2004 (final)", which is available on the Department's website www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/.
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of whether adequate alternative provision will be made for the undergraduate chemistry students if the proposed closure by Exeter University of its undergraduate chemistry provision proceeds as planned; and what discussions he has had with the Vice Chancellor of the university concerning such provision; 
(2) what assessment he has made of whether adequate alternative provision will be made for the undergraduate chemistry students if the proposed closure by Exeter University of its undergraduate chemistry provision proceeds as planned; and what discussions he has had with the Vice-Chancellor of the university concerning such provision. 
Dr. Howells: The Secretary of State has had no direct discussions with the Vice-Chancellor of Exeter University. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are autonomous organisations responsible for their own academic direction and strategic use of funds. However, I understand that the University is working closely with the students to ensure that all their individual needs are met. A number of universities have indicated they would be willing to accept students on transfer if appropriate. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is monitoring the situation closely.
|Number of primary schools|
|No religious character||11,782||11,708||11,639||11,536||11,449|
|Church of England||4,523||4,509||4,505||4,493||4,482|
|Other Christian faith(20)||47||47||48||49||50|
|Number of secondary schools|
|No religious character||2,967||2,899||2,871||2,850||2,819|
|Church of England||193||191||192||197||199|
|Other Christian faith(22)||27||27||28||28||30|
The Family Resolutions Pilot Project is a DfES project. The pilot project was developed by a project steering group, led by a senior DfES official, which also comprises a senior judge, the chief executive of CAFCASS and a senior DCA official.
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The development of a project was approved by DfES Ministers in December 2003. A design group, whose membership comprised DfES, DCA, CAFCASS, Relate, the Parenting Forum, a district judge and the Solicitors Family Law Association, worked until September 2004 to design the pilot project, reporting to the project steering group. The project is now in operation, for one year, from September 2004, in Brighton, Sunderland and Inner London.
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