This publication includes data on the provision of education for children under 5 years of age, including funded places and overall numbers of children benefiting from early years education.
The latest statistics are for January 2013 and update those previously released on 28 June 2012.
The information included in this publication is sourced from the early years census and school census.
The main points from the latest release are:
In January 2013, the number of 3- and 4-year-olds benefiting from some funded early education was 1,283,500 or 96% of the 3- and 4-year-old old population (1,264,420 or 95% in 2012) - an increase of 19,080 children. The percentage benefiting has increased by 1% from last year. For 4-year-olds, the figure has increased slightly from last year and is at its highest over the last 5 years (now 98%). The proportion for 3-year-olds, whilst up from last year and at its 5-year high at 94%, still remains slightly lower than that for 4-year-olds.
In January 2013, the part-time equivalent number of funded early education places taken up by 3- and 4-year-olds was 1,253,000 or 94% of 3- and 4-year-old children (1,229,500 or 93% in 2012). For 4-year-olds, the proportion of part-time equivalent places taken up has risen by 1% from 2012 to 97%. The figure for 3-year-olds has also increased by 1% up to 97% of the 3-year-old population.
For the first time this publication includes details of providers who employ staff with qualified teacher status (QTS) or early years professional status (EYPS) and numbers benefiting by Ofsted inspection rating. In January 2013, of the 3- and 4-year-old children benefiting from some funded early education at private, voluntary and independent (PVI) providers, 49% did so at settings with staff with QTS or EYPS. Excluding those providers not yet inspected or where there was no match to Ofsted, 80% of 3- and 4-year-olds benefited from some funded early education at a setting with an Ofsted rating of good or outstanding.
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