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(1)Regulations may make provision, in relation to England, requiring—
(a)a person registered as an early years provider under Chapter 2 of Part 3, and
(b)a person who provides early years provision in respect of which, but for section 34(2) (exemption for provision for children aged 3 or over at certain schools), he would be required to be registered under that Chapter,
to provide to the relevant person such individual child information as may be prescribed.
(2)In subsection (1), “the relevant person” means one or more of the following—
(a)the Secretary of State, and
(b)any prescribed person.
(3)Where any person within paragraph (b) of subsection (2) receives information by virtue of subsection (1), the Secretary of State may require that person to provide any such information—
(a)to the Secretary of State, or
(b)to any prescribed person.
(4)The Secretary of State may provide any individual child information—
(a)to any information collator,
(b)to any prescribed person, or
(c)to any person falling within a prescribed category.
(5)Any information collator—
(a)may provide any individual child information—
(i)to the Secretary of State, or
(ii)to any other information collator, and
(b)may at such times as the Secretary of State may determine or in prescribed circumstances provide such individual child information as may be prescribed—
(i)to any prescribed person, or
(ii)to any person falling within a prescribed category.
(6)Any person holding any individual child information (other than the Secretary of State or an information collator) may provide that information to—
(a)the Secretary of State,
(b)any information collator, or
(c)any prescribed person.
(7)No information received under or by virtue of this section shall be published in any form which includes the name of the child or children to whom it relates.
(8)Regulations under this section may provide that, in such circumstances as may be prescribed, the provision of information to a person other than the Secretary of State is to be treated, for the purposes of any provision of such regulations or this section, as compliance with any requirement imposed by or by virtue of any such provision and relating to the provision of information to the Secretary of State.
(9)In this section—
“early years provision” has the meaning given by section 20;
“individual child information” means information relating to and identifying individual children for whom early years provision is being or has been provided by a person mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or (b), whether obtained under subsection (1) or otherwise;
“information collator” means any body which, for the purposes of or in connection with the functions of the Secretary of State relating to early years provision, is responsible for collating or checking information relating to children for whom such provision is made;
“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations;
“regulations” means regulations made by the Secretary of State.
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