Statistics - national statistics

Provision for children under 5 years of age in England: January 2010

This publication includes data on the provision of early years education for children under five years of age, including funded places and numbers of three and four year old children benefiting from some free early years education.

Documents

Main text: SFR16/2010

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National and local authority tables: SFR16/2010

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Pre-release access list: SFR16/2010

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Detail

Reference Id: SFR16/2010

Publication Type: Statistical First Release

Local Authority data: LA data

Region: England

Release Date: 10 June 2010

Coverage status: Final

Publication Status: Published

The latest statistics are for January 2010 and update those previously released on 16 June 2009.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • In January 2010 the actual number of three and four year olds benefiting from some free early education (where children are counted only once, even if they take up free provision at two different providers) was 1,183,100 children, which is an increase on the 2009 figure of 1,155,500 children.
  • In January 2010 the number of three and four year olds benefiting from some free early education (where children are counted twice if they take up free provision at two different providers) was 1,206,100 children, which is an increase on the 2009 figure of 1,178,800 children.
  • The actual number of three year olds benefiting from some free early education was 92% of the three year old population. The actual number of four year old children benefiting from some free early education was 98% of the four year old population.
  • The part time equivalent (PTE) number of funded places filled by both three and four year olds has increased from 1,128,800 in 2009 to 1,177,200 in 2010.
  • The PTE number of free early education places taken up by three year olds in the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors was 91 per 100 three year old children; an increase on the 2009 figure of 89 per 100 children. The equivalent figure for four year old children remained at 97 per 100 children.

Rebecca Briggs
0207 340 7279

Rebecca.Briggs@education.gsi.gov.uk

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