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Education Act 2002

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Childcare

149Duties of LEA in respect of childcare

(1)After section 118 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (c. 31) there is inserted—

118ADuties of LEA in respect of childcare

(1)A local education authority shall review annually the sufficiency of childcare provision for their area.

(2)In carrying out a review for the purposes of subsection (1), a local education authority—

(a)may have regard to any facilities which they expect to be available outside their area for providing childcare; and

(b)shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.

(3)A local education authority shall also establish and maintain a service providing information to the public relating to the provision of childcare and related services in their area.

(4)In relation to the function, form and content of a service established and maintained under subsection (3), a local education authority shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.

(2)Section 19(1) and (2) of the Children Act 1989 (c. 41) (duty of local authorities in England and Wales to conduct periodic reviews of child care) shall cease to have effect.

150Early years development and childcare partnerships and plans

(1)In section 119(5) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (c. 31) (functions of early years development partnerships), after paragraph (a) there is inserted—

(ab)in reviewing the sufficiency of childcare provision for the authority’s area for the purposes of section 118A, and.

(2)In section 120 of that Act (early years development plans), in subsection (2) (content of plan), for paragraph (b) there is substituted—

(b)a statement which sets out the authority’s proposals for providing or promoting the provision of childcare for their area, and

(c)background and supporting statements.

(3)For subsections (3) and (4) of that section there is substituted—

(3)The statement mentioned in subsection (2)(a) must deal with such matters, and relate to such period, as may be determined by or in accordance with regulations.

(4)In relation to the form and content of the statements mentioned in subsection (2)(b) and (c) the authority shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.

(4)In section 121 of that Act (approval, modification and review of statement of proposals)—

(a)in subsection (1), the words “the authority’s statement of proposals” shall cease to have effect;

(b)in subsection (2), for “statement” (in each place it occurs) there is substituted “plan”;

(c)in subsection (3), for “statement” (where it first occurs) and for “proposals set out in the statement” there is substituted “plan”;

(d)in subsection (4), for “statement” (in both places it occurs) there is substituted “plan”;

(e)in subsection (5)—

(i)for “statement of proposals” and for “proposals” (in the second place it occurs) there is substituted “plan”;

(ii)for “their” there is substituted “its”; and

(iii)in paragraphs (a) and (b), for “statement” (in each place it occurs) there is substituted “plan”;

(f)in subsection (6)—

(i)for “statement of proposals”, and

(ii)in paragraph (b), for “statement”,

there is substituted “plan”;

(g)in subsection (7), for “statement” there is substituted “plan”;

(h)in subsection (8)—

(i)for “statement of proposals” there is substituted “plan”;

(ii)in paragraph (a), for “statement” there is substituted “plan”; and

(iii)in paragraph (c), for “statement” and for “proposals” there is substituted “plan”; and

(i)in subsection (9), for “statement of proposals” (in both places it occurs) there is substituted “plan”.

(5)Early years development partnerships are renamed “early years development and childcare partnerships” and early years development plans are renamed “early years development and childcare plans”; accordingly in Part 5 of that Act after “early years development” (in each place it occurs) there is inserted “and childcare”.

151Childcare functions of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector and National Assembly for Wales

(1)The Secretary of State may by order confer on Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools in England such additional functions specified in the order as the Secretary of State considers necessary or expedient to enable Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector to approve persons in accordance with criteria determined by or under a scheme made under the Tax Credits Act 2002 (c. 21) for the approval of persons who are to be regarded as providing child care for the purposes of working tax credit.

(2)The National Assembly for Wales shall have any additional function specified in an order made by it which it considers necessary or expedient to enable it to approve persons as mentioned in subsection (1); but the order may only specify a function corresponding to a function which, by virtue of that subsection, is exercisable by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools in England.

152Regulation of child minding and day care

Schedule 13 (which makes provision about the regulation of child minding and day care) shall have effect.

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