Canlyniadau 141–160 o 396 ar gyfer speaker:Brendan Clarke-Smith

Written Answers — Department for Education: Day Care and Pre-school Education: Private Sector ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: Under current legislation, private, voluntary and independent group-based providers are not required to share financial information with the department. Therefore, the precise information requested is not available. The department's Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers indicates income-to-cost ratios. A broader measure capturing the ‘breakeven’ range indicates that around half...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Breakfast Clubs ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department does not have an estimate of the total number of schools which provide a breakfast club. The ‘School and College Panel – March 2022 wave’ research report, published in June 2022, reported that 75% of schools ran breakfast club provision for pupils. The report is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department has invested more than £3.5 billion in each of the last three years to deliver our early education entitlements. The information requested is not held by the department but has been published previously by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its Education at a Glance 2021 report. The OECD publishes data on expenditure for Early Childhood...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: According to data from the 2021 Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents, 21% of families with children aged 0 to 4 used grandparents to help provide childcare for their children.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The government is providing childcare support in several ways. Support is available through Universal Credit, where working parents on a low income can claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs. Further support is available through Tax-Free Childcare, in which working parents can get up to £2,000 a year per child to pay for childcare, including holiday and out-of-school clubs. This is...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: This is a matter for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman. I have asked her to write to the hon. Member for Wirral South, and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Social Services ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education and the department discuss and work with other government departments on a regular basis, including HM Treasury, on a range of issues. In recent years, the government has boosted real-terms funding to local authorities. This includes the social care grant, which has increased from £410 million in 2019 to £2.35 billion in 2022. This...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children in Care: Regulation ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: Supported accommodation, sometimes referred to as unregulated provision, is not currently subject to Ofsted registration and inspection. This type of provision cannot meet the needs of children under the age of 16 and the department banned the placement of under-16s in this type of provision from September 2021. The department will invest over £142 million across the next three years to fund...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: As part of education recovery and in response to the needs of the workforce following the COVID-19 pandemic, the department is investing up to £180 million in the early years sector. This will build a stronger workforce and enable providers to deliver high-quality teaching and help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the youngest children, particularly those in the most...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Care Homes ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department does not hold data on profit made by private providers and operators of children’s homes in England, and is therefore unable to provide information on changes in profits over the last five and ten years. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) looked at provider profits as part of their market study of children’s social care in England, Scotland and Wales. The final...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The latest figures from the department’s education 'Providers’ finances: survey of childcare and early years providers', collected in 2021, show that 22% of staff aged 23 and over working in a private or voluntary setting, nursery class or maintained nursery school were paid at or below the statutory minimum of the National Living Wage, the survey can be accessed here:...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Family Hubs ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department is closely considering the recommendations on Family Help from the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care’s final report, alongside those from the National Panel Review into the tragic deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson, and the Competition and Markets Authority study into children’s social care placements. We will publish an implementation strategy...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The government is consulting on moving to the Scottish ratios for two-year-olds, from a ratio of one-to-four (one adult to four children) to one-to-five (one adult to five children). The government is also considering how we can provide greater flexibility within ratios for childminders. Alongside this consultation, the department is running a bespoke survey of early years providers to help...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department does not hold the average proportion of household income that families spent on childcare in each region of the UK and, therefore, cannot provide an estimate for this question. The 2022 Coram Family and Childcare Survey outlines the average prices of childcare in Great Britain and does contain a regional breakdown. This information is available here:...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: This is a matter for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman. I have asked her to write to the hon. Member for Wirral South, and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: According to survey estimates, the mean hourly pay (calculated as gross weekly earnings divided by contracted weekly work hours) for people working in the early years sector in 2021 was as follows, by provider type: Early years provider type Mean hourly pay (2021) All providers £12.50 All providers except childminders £12.94 Private providers £11.94 Voluntary providers...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, has regular conversations with cabinet colleagues about important and topical matters, including childcare costs. This has been discussed frequently during cabinet meetings. On 4 July 2022, the department announced further measures across government to increase take-up of childcare support and reduce costs and bureaucracy facing...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Holiday Activities and Food Programme ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department is investing over £200 million a year in the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, which is targeted primarily towards children who receive benefits-related free school meals (FSM). Local authorities also have discretion to provide free or subsidised holiday club places for children who are not in receipt of FSM but who the local authority believe could benefit from HAF...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Nurseries: Fees and Charges ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: The department has invested more than £3.5 billion in each of the last three years to deliver our early education entitlements, and continues to help families with their childcare bills through Tax-Free Childcare and Universal Credit. The information requested is not held by the department but has been published previously by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)....

Written Answers — Department for Education: Nurseries: Fees and Charges ( 5 Med 2022)

Brendan Clarke-Smith: To support parents to become financially resilient by moving into and progressing in work, eligible Universal Credit (UC) claimants can claim back up to 85% of their registered childcare costs each month, regardless of the number of hours they work, compared to 70% in tax credits. This is up to the maximum amount of £646.35 per month for one child and £1,108.04 per month for two or more...


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