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Regional Planning and Development: Finance

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the funding arrangements are for (a) regional empowerment consortiums, (b) regional improvement and efficiency partnerships, (c) e-Government regional partnerships and (d) regional equality and diversity partnerships. [204498]

John Healey: With respect to regional empowerment consortiums, the Secretary of State approved funding in March 2008 to the Community Development Foundation, to support the activities of the National Empowerment Partnership, and in particular Regional Empowerment Consortia in each of the nine English regions, for the period 2008-11. Funding for 2009-10 and 2010-11 is subject to parliamentary approval and satisfactory performance. Grants to individual regional empowerment consortia will be made on receipt of a satisfactory regional action plan.

Regional improvement and efficiency partnerships (RIEPs) are funded using powers in section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003. Grant is paid to a lead authority within each region. The lead authority acts as the accountable body for the grant on behalf of the other authorities which together comprise the REIP. The receiving authorities are as follows:

Communities and Local Government does not provide funding to the e-government regional partnerships or to the regional equality and diversity partnerships.

Children, Schools and Families

Children: Day Care

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how often Ofsted requires (a) nurseries, (b) childminders and (c)
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nannies to repeat Criminal Record Bureau checks to maintain registration on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register; [200786]

(2) how many (a) nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) nannies removed from the voluntary part of the Childcare Register appealed against their removal to the Care Standards Tribunal in the last three years; [200787]

(3) how many (a) nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) nannies unsuccessful in achieving registration on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register appealed against the decision to the Care Standards Tribunal in each of the last three years; [200788]

(4) how many of those who were removed from the voluntary part of the Childcare Register and appealed against the decision to the Care Standards Tribunal had their appeal (a) upheld and (b) not upheld in the last three years; [200789]

(5) how many of those who were unsuccessful in achieving registration on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register and appealed against the decision to the Care Standards Tribunal had their appeal (a) upheld and (b) not upheld in the last three years; [200790]

(6) how Ofsted assesses whether applicant (a) nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) nannies seeking registration on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register have completed training in core skills as set out in Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children's Workforce; [200791]

(7) how many (a) nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) nannies were registered on the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07 and (v) 2007-08; [200900]

(8) how many (a) nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) nannies registered on the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register were inspected in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07 and (v) 2007-08; [200901]

(9) how many (a) nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) nannies registered on the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register who were inspected in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07 and (v) 2007-08 were found not to be meeting the requirements for the voluntary part of the Childcare Register; [200902]

(10) how many (a) nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) nannies registered on the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register inspected in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07 and (v) 2007-08 and found to be not meeting the requirements for the voluntary part of the Childcare Register were removed from the voluntary part of the Childcare Register. [200903]

Beverley Hughes: These are matters for Ofsted. The Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and copies of her replies have been placed in the Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 24 April 2008:

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 30 April 2008:

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 30 April 2008:


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Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 30 April 2008:

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of childcare staff in (a) maintained nurseries and (b) children's centres had been in post for less than six months at the latest date for which figures are available. [205030]

Beverley Hughes: The 2006 Childcare And Early Years Providers Survey collected information on the length of time that paid staff members had been employed by the provider. Table 1 shows the percentage of paid staff who had been employed for less than six months for each provider type covered by the survey. Table 2 shows these figures, by the ownership of the provision.

Table 1: Proportion of paid staff who had been employed for less than six months, for each provider type, 2006
Percentage

Full day care

4

Full day care in Children’s Centres

9

Sessional care

4

Out of school clubs

5

Nursery schools

3

Primary schools with nursery and reception classes

3

Primary schools with reception but no nursery classes

2


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Table 2: Proportion of paid staff who had been employed for less than six months, by ownership of provision, 2006
Percentage
Private Voluntary Local authority School/college Other

Full day care

4

5

3

3

4

Full day care in Children’s Centres

11

9

9

11

6

Sessional care

3

4

6

0

(1)

Out of school clubs

5

6

4

6

9

(1) Data not included due to a low base size.

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