FOI Request - Nursery Childcare Places

Request 101000316236

1. A) How many nursery childcare places (ie for vulnerable two-year-olds and three and four year olds) do you provide through local authority nurseries?

B) How many places do you provide via partnership funding with private or other nurseries?

2. How many children entitled to statutory childcare provision (ie vulnerable two-year-olds and three and four year olds) do you have on waiting lists for local authority nursery places?

3. How many full-time spaces do you currently have available for preschool/early learning children (ie for vulnerable two-year-olds and three and four year olds)?

4. How many requests have you been unable to provide for in the past 5 years?

5. How many were on waiting lists in August 2014?

6. What is the average funding per child provided for local authority childcare places?

7. How much did the council spend on childcare provision (broken down into revenue and capital) between April  2013 - April 2014?

8. How much will the council spend on childcare (broken down into revenue and capital) between April 2014 - April 2015?

9. What is the total number of three and four year olds in the local authority?

10. What is the total number of eligible children living in the council - including vulnerable two year olds?

All questions pertain to Government definitions of children eligible for childcare (ie all three and four year olds and, from August 2014 onwards, vulnerable 2 year olds as well) – some authorities refer to this as pre-school others as early learning or those eligible for statutory childcare.

Response 11-02-2015

1a. There are currently 800 funded places available within local authority nurseries

1b. There are approximately 1486 funded places available within partner centres, although the quantity of sessions may vary between providers.  Information can be found here.

2. There are 36 children on waiting list for local authority nurseries, but all of these children have accepted a funded place at either another local authority nursery, another partner centre, or parents may have declined an alternative offer to remain on the waiting list of their preferred centre

3. Not applicable.  The Moray Council offers part-time places which consist of 5 sessions per week at 3 hours 10 minutes per session

4. None, although some parents may have declined an alternative offer to remain on the waiting list of their preferred centre

5. There are currently 51 children on waiting lists within Moray (36 for local authority nurseries and 15 for partner centres) but all of these children have accepted a funded place at either another local authority nursery, another partner centre, or parents may have declined an alternative offer to remain on the waiting list of their preferred centre.  The number of children on waiting lists include those who have been allocated an afternoon places but would prefer a morning place at the same centre

6. The Moray Council pay £2,021 for a 600 hour funded place

7. The council spend in 2013/14 on childcare provision was £884,000 capital and £3,037,000 revenue.

8. The council spend in 2014/15 on childcare provision was £44,000 capital and £3,388,000 revenue.

9. There are currently 1798 children of pre-school or ante-pre-school age who have taken up a funded place (as at February 2015).  A further 104 children who have deferred entry to Primary 1 have taken up a funded place

10. According to information provided to us by NHS Grampian there are approximately 1977 children who are eligible for pre-school or an ante-pre-school place in the school year 2014/15.  There are 99 eligible 2 year olds who are either Looked After or living in families in receipt of benefits.

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