Lucy Powell – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Education

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lucy Powell on 2014-03-17.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department’s executive agencies or non-departmental public bodies in (i) 2010, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15.

Elizabeth Truss

The Department for Education, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies do not provide workplace nurseries for staff.

The Department’s approach to childcare support focuses on providing flexibility for staff in arranging childcare provision. As part of the overall benefits package, the Department provides a childcare voucher scheme to help cover the cost of nursery and pre-school for children under school age and forms of out of school care for school age children. This enables staff with childcare responsibilities to be more flexible as to when and where they access childcare support.