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Neighbourhood Nurseries

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time places were available at neighbourhood nurseries in each year for which figures are available; [43933]

(2) how many neighbourhood nurseries have been established in disadvantaged areas in each year for which figures are available. [43936]

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Beverley Hughes: The Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative was launched in 2001 to create 45,000 new full-time child care and early education places for children aged 0 to five in the 20 per cent. most disadvantaged areas in England by March 2004. The full target of 45,000 places in 1,279 neighbourhood nurseries was achieved by August 2004. By the end of 2005, over 49,000 places across over 1,380 neighbourhood nursery projects had been delivered. These places have been developed through a diverse range of local and national providers. Some are 'new-build' neighbourhood nurseries, some have been created in refurbished premises and some by expanding on existing provision in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors. A breakdown of the number of full-time places opened and neighbourhood nurseries established in each year since 2001 is in the following table. Information on the number of part-time places at neighbourhood nurseries is not available.
Number of:
Full-time places createdNurseries established(89)

(89) Figures include new build and refurbished premises.

Overseas Trained Teacher Programme

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many teachers were working in schools under the Overseas Trained Teacher Programme in each year since 1997–98; and if she will make a statement; [43607]

(2) what the country of origin is of staff placed under the Overseas Trained Teacher Programme. [43608]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 19 January 2006]: The earliest available data for the Overseas Trained Teacher Programme (OTTP) are 2000:
Number of teachers working under the OTTP in England

(90) To date.

Overseas trained teachers are well qualified and greatly valued, making an important contribution to schools in England. The OTTP enables them to acquire Qualified Teacher Status so they can work permanently in English schools.

A sample of 500 overseas trained teachers on programmes between April and December 2003 showed that 165 (33 per cent.) were from South Africa, 78 (16 per cent.) from Australia, 40 (8 per cent.) from New Zealand and Canada, 26 (5 per cent.) from USA, 25 (5 per cent.) from Jamaica, 23 (5 per cent.) from India. Small numbers (less than 1 per cent.) were from other
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countries including Ghana (14), Nigeria (9), Kenya (5), Zimbabwe (4), Brazil (3), Sierra Leone (3), Romania (3) and Poland (3). Overall, 435 (87 per cent.) of the sample were from the Commonwealth.

Parenting Fund

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) public, (b) private and (c) voluntary sector organisations have received payments from the Parenting Fund in each year for which figures are available; and how much each sector received. [43950]

Beverley Hughes: The Parenting Fund was established to support voluntary and community organisations in supporting parents and families. The fund is administered by the National Family and Parenting Institute which has contracted with PricewaterhouseCoopers to ensure the efficient and effective administration of the fund. The contract with PwC was worth £520,000 for the period 2004 to 2006. The remainder of the Parenting Fund has been allocated wholly to voluntary sector organisations. A list of the organisations benefiting from the fund in the period 2004 to 2006 is as follows:

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For 2005 to 2007, the Policy Research Bureau in association with the Tavistock Institute will receive £600,000 to conduct an evaluation of the Parenting Fund and the Fundholder model.

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