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COUNCIL CHILD CARE PROVISION REDUCED SAY NEW GOVERNMENT STATISTICS

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The Department of Health publishes 'Children's Day Care Facilities at 31 March 1992, England', today. This is the f...
The Department of Health publishes 'Children's Day Care Facilities at 31 March 1992, England', today. This is the first compilation of day care statistics for England to be issued since the implementation of The Children Act 1989 on 14 October 1991.

The publication shows that in the year to 31 March 1992 there were the following changes:

An increase of 10,700 day nursery places to bring the total to 116,800; An increase of 21,000 places with childminders to bring the total to 254,300; A reduction of 13,900 in playgroup places to bring the total to some 414,500.

A contributory factor to this change may be the exclusion from the latest figures of certain nursery schools which would have been included as registered playgroups in previous figures.

Provision of day care using local authorities' own facilities has generally reduced over the last year but some local authorities are making alternative less formal provision in family centres.

The 1992 statistics provide information for the first time on some 400 Family Centres, toy libraries and out of school activities for children, as well as a wide range of services for whole families.

Places with registered day nurseries and with childminders have increased sharply over the last few years.

The number of places in registered day nurseries doubled since March 1989, to stand at 91,600 in 1992.

The number of places with registered childminders doubled since March 1985, to reach 252,100 in 1992.

Copies of the publication are available from Department of Health, SD3A, 451c Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LW.

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