* David Blunkett said in 1998: "Our aim is to ensure that no parent is prevented from taking up work, education or training through lack of affordable childcare."
* Over the next five years, the Government aims to provide 1,000,000 new childcare places, 100,000 childcare workers and 40,000 out-of-school clubs (source: Meeting the Childcare Challenge, Green Paper, 1998)
* LEAs should now have plans in place for meeting childcare needs.
* A survey this month by MPs revealed funding of childcare places in
colleges has risen steadily.
* In 1995-96, the FEFC introduced a childcare element into its funding of pound;3 million, or 0.1 per cent of its total funding to colleges.
* In 1998-99, the Government allowed the FEFC pound;5 million to create at least 10,000 new places in colleges.
* In 1999-2000, the DFEE will make pound;5m available for at least 5,000 places for children aged up to four within colleges. Last week Malcolm Wicks promised another 30,000 college-based places to bring the total to 57,000.