This publication includes data on the provision of education for children under five years of age including the number of children benefiting from early years education and the number of children taking up early years education places.
Reference Id: SFR13/2011
Publication Type: Statistical First Release
Publication data: Underlying Statistical data
Local Authority data: LA data
Release Date: 22 June 2011
Coverage status: Final
Publication Status: Published
The latest statistics are for January 2011 and update those previously released on 10 June 2010.
The information included in this publication is sourced from the early years census and the school census. Further guidance and technical specifications for the censuses can be found at:
The key points from the latest release are:
- In January 2011, the number of 3- and 4-year-olds benefiting from some free early education (where each child is counted once) was 1,224,465 or 95% of the 3- and 4-year-old population (1,186,365 or 95% in 2010). For 3-year-olds the figure increased from 92% in 2010 to 93% in 2011. The figure for 4-year-olds remains at 98% of the 4-year-old population.
- The number of free early education places taken up (where children may be counted more than once if they take up free provision at two different providers) was 1,246,091 or 97% of the 3- and 4-year-old population (1,209,415 or 97% in 2010). For 3-year-olds the figure increased from 94% in 2010 to 95% in 2011. The figure for 4-year-olds remains at 99% of the 4-year-old population.
- In January 2011,the part-time equivalent (PTE) number of free early education places taken up by 3- and 4-year-olds was 1,182,380, or 92% of 3- and 4-year-old children (1,171,268 or 94% in 2010). For 3-year-olds the figure has decreased from 91% in 2010 to 88% in 2011. The figure for 4-year-olds remains at 97% of the 4-year-old population.