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Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many surveys the Government have conducted to assess the state of the market for child care (a) since 1997 and (b) between May 2007 and May 2008. 
The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey. The first survey in this series was run in 1998, with further surveys in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The 2008 survey is currently being conducted.
The Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents. Surveys were run in 2004 and 2007. The 2008 survey is currently being conducted.
The Evaluation of the Extended Flexible Entitlement for three and four Year Olds Pathfinder project included two surveys of parents, in September 2007 and May to June 2008, a survey of child care providers was also carried out in May to June 2008.
Two Extended Services in Schools surveys have been carried out, in 2005 and 2006. In addition, an Extended Schools: Schools Survey and an Extended Schools: Pupils and Parents Survey are currently being conducted.
The Parents Demand for Childcare Survey was conducted in 1999 and 2001.
The Survey of Parents of Three and Four Year Old Children and their use of Early Years Services was run annually, with six surveys conducted between 1991 and 2002.
The Families and Children Study, an annual survey which began in 1999, to date six surveys in the series have been completed.
The Family Resources Survey, an annual survey which began in 1992, to date 13 surveys in the series have been completed.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Sure Start centre staff in helping children to develop language skills. 
Beverley Hughes: From September 2008, all settings offering early years provision will be required to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage. This supports all settings to plan activities and experiences that can help all children to make progress in their development and learning. It stresses the importance of practitioners being alert to the early signs of speech and language needs that could lead to later difficulties and provides a framework to enable early years practitioners to respond quickly and appropriately, involving other agencies as necessary.
Sure Start children's centres (SSCC) play a key role in the positive promotion of children's speech and language development and in identifying speech and language difficulties. We expect staff in children's centres to have a good understanding of how to promote children's
language acquisition and identify speech and language difficulties as part of a centre-wide strategy and approach, supported by access to more specialist speech and language services which are jointly commissioned by PCTs and local authorities.
The national evaluation of Sure Start recognised that some centres were doing good work in relation to children's language development but it pointed out that more needed to be done to engage parents and children's centre staff in the importance of fostering language development in early learning experiences. This is why in our Children's Centre Practice Guidance (December 2006) we said that this should be a priority for SSCCs in developing their services and that all staff should have the skills and understanding required for high-quality, responsive interaction with children. We also said that SSCCs should provide parents with the information and support they need to maximise the development of their children's speech and language skills.
We are working with I CAN, the children's communication charity, to pilot their Early Talk training programme in 200 children's centres. This will train children's centre practitioners, alongside speech and language therapists, to develop their knowledge and understanding of language development, and the ways in which they can help support parents in developing communication skills within the home.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children's centres there are in Milton Keynes; how many are planned to be opened; and how much will be spent on such centres in the next 12 months. 
By 2010 all children under five and their families will have access to a children's centre. Milton Keynes has been given an indicative number of a further seven centres required to reach all under fives by 2010. The Department's delivery partner, Together for Children, is working with local authorities to help them plan the final phase of delivery and to confirm the number of additional centres needed to achieve universal coverage by 2010.
Milton Keynes's Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare grant for 2008/09 included allocations of £560,328 in capital and £3,321,586 in revenue funding for Sure Start children's centres. It is for local authorities to decide how to allocate funding to children's centres within this grant.
Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people in the London Borough of Enfield received education maintenance allowance in each of the last five years. 
This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) who have operational responsibility for the EMA for the Department for Children, Schools
and Families (DCSF) and hold information about payments made under the scheme. Mark Haysom, the LSC's chief executive, will write to my right hon Friend the Member for Enfield, North (Joan Ryan) with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.
I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question that asked; "How many people in the London Borough of Enfield received education maintenance allowance in each of the last five years".
Information on the number of young people who have applied, enrolled and received Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is available at Local Authority Level. EMA take-up is defined as young people who have received one or more EMA payments in the academic year.
In the first year of national roll out EMA was available to all 16 year olds across England and to 17 and 18 year olds in former pilot areas (young people who are 19 are entitled to receive EMA in certain circumstances). In 2005/06 EMA roll out continued and EMA was available to all 16 and 17 year olds nationally. In 2006/07 EMA was available to all 16, 17 and 18 year olds nationally.
EMA take-up for Enfield Local Authority area during each academic year since inception is as follows:
|(1 )To 31 May 2008.|
EMA take-up data showing the number of young people who have received one or more EMA payments during 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and to date in 2007/08 is now also available on the LSC website, at the following address:
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what (a) numerical and (b) core offer targets his Department has set to increase the number of extended (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools; 
Nationally, over 10,500 schools are providing access to the core offer of extended services with many more schools delivering individual elements of the core offer. We are on track to meet our 2008 and 2010 targets.
We have begun a full evaluation of the impact of extended schools, beginning with a survey of pupils and parents. We also commissioned research by Manchester and Newcastle universities into the impact of full service extended schools. This was a three year evaluation that concluded with the publication of the final report on
25 June 2007 and showed that extended services helped to improve pupils attainment, engagement with learning, behaviour and attendance.
In January 2008 Ofsted published a report how well are they doing? on extended schools and children's centres. The report found that extended services had a positive impact on a child's personal development. This was particularly true for the most vulnerable children where services had transformed the lives of some these children and their families.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 972W, on the Harrington scheme, whether the funding for the scheme will be ring-fenced when it transfers to local authority control; and if he will make a statement. 
Kevin Brennan: The Department's White Paper Raising Expectations: Enabling the System to Deliver laid out plans for transfer of funding for learning for 16 to 19-year-olds from the Learning and Skills Council to local authorities from September 2010.
Under the new system local authorities will have the duty to secure and commission the most appropriate and high quality provision for the young people in their area, and the funding of programmes such as the Harrington scheme and all others will be considered in this context. In deciding what provision to commission in the future, local authorities will need to consider in particular learner demand and ensuring that young people have access to the best available provision.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people resident in the London Borough of Bexley entered full-time higher education in the academic years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 2006-07. 
|Entrants( 1) to undergraduate courses from Bexley local authority, UK higher education institutions, academic years 1997/98 to 2006/07|
|Academic year||All Entrants||Full-time|
|(1) Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December to maintain a consistent time series across all years and are rounded to the nearest five. Figures include the Open University but exclude those on writing up, sabbatical or dormant modes of study.|
(2 )Figures for 1997/98 exclude the Open University because there are no figures available for entrants to undergraduate courses at the Open University by local authority for this year.
(3 )The increase in entrants between 2004/05 and 2005/06 may be greater than in reality as a consequence of a problem identified with data submitted by the Open University (OU) in the 2004/05 academic year.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to assist those parents in treatment for drug addiction with parenting skills. 
Beverley Hughes: The Government's 10 year Drug Strategy, Drugs: Protecting Families and Communities, launched at the end of February 2008, put a new focus on families, with parents being made a priority for effective drug treatment. This acknowledges the damage caused to whole families when a parent develops drug problems and highlights that an effective way to improve outcomes for children of substance misusing parents is by effectively treating the parent. Government and the National Treatment Agency (NTA) are working together to achieve this by improving the effectiveness of treatment for the whole treatment population, of which an estimated 46 per cent. are parents.
We are ensuring that drug misusing parents have ready access to this support with assessments taking account of the needs of children, and developing of guidance on the commissioning and delivery of "family friendly" treatment with closer links to maternity services. We are specifically working to improve the parenting skills of those parents with drug problems through developing the family intervention skills of drug workers, by including drug misuse within the scope of initiatives such as Family Pathfinders and Respect Parenting Practitioners, extending the Family Intervention Programme for an extra 500 families affected by drug misuse, and funding the Family Drug and Alcohol Court Pilots, all of which have a focus on improving parenting skills. We are evaluating the impact of these programmes.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what occupations his Department defines as non-traditional occupations for girls when assessing the progress Connexions has made in encouraging girls into all occupations. 
Beverley Hughes: This Department does not make a formal definition of non-traditional occupations, but this is an important issue. We know that there is a clear correlation between sectors experiencing skills shortages and sectors in which women are under-represented, for example in science, engineering and technology roles. That is why it is vital that we continue to invest in and improve Connexions and other local youth support services, to ensure that girls and all young people can access and benefit from impartial advice, support and encouragement to take the career path that most inspires them.
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