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star this property date less than 2016-10-26more like thismore than 2016-10-26
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Department for Education more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Day Care remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many childcare providers have breached her Department's statutory guidance issued in September 2014 that states that providers which charge for goods or services do not make this a condition of children accessing their place. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hampstead and Kilburn more like this
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Tulip Siddiq more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-11-01more like thismore than 2016-11-01
star this property answer text <p>It is the responsibility of local authorities to ensure that providers deliver government-funded early education places free of charge, and that parents are not required to pay for additional services or consumables as a condition of accessing a place. The Government does not require local authorities to report breaches of this requirement centrally; however it has clearly set out local authorities’ responsibility for ensuring there are no compulsory charges for parents.</p><p> </p><p>The 2014 Statutory Guidance states that, in relation to delivery of the early education entitlements for two-, three- and four-year-olds, local authorities should ensure that if providers charge for any goods or services, this is not a condition of children accessing their place. The Statutory Guidance is available at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/298754/2014_Draft_Statutory_Guidance.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/298754/2014_Draft_Statutory_Guidance.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p>We reinforced this position in the consultation on reforms to Early Years Funding which was published on 11 August. This makes clear that providers are free to charge parents for consumables (such as drinks, meals and nappies) or additional services (such as baby yoga, music lessons and trips) provided they are not compulsory. ‘So, for example, paying for additional services must not be a condition of taking up a free publicly-funded place’. The consultation document is available at: <a href="https://consult.education.gov.uk/early-years-funding/eynff" target="_blank">https://consult.education.gov.uk/early-years-funding/eynff</a></p><p> </p><p>We will publish updated Statutory Guidance in early 2017, which will restate the Government position on providers charging for additional services or consumables. We have consulted on draft updated Statutory Guidance which is available at: <a href="https://consult.education.gov.uk/early-years-funding/childcare-free-entitlement/supporting_documents/STAT%20GUIDANCE%20latest.pdf" target="_blank">https://consult.education.gov.uk/early-years-funding/childcare-free-entitlement/supporting_documents/STAT%20GUIDANCE%20latest.pdf</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Gosport more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Dinenage more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 50573 more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Dinenage more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Tulip Siddiq more like this