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Nursery Education

Volume 885: debated on Friday 7 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what is the number of children in England in full or part-time nursery education; and if he will express this total per 100 children of nursery school age;

(2) what is the number of children in each local education authority in England in full or part-time nursery education; and if he will express each total in each authority area per 100 children of nursery school age.

JANUARY 1974—

Notes:

1. Full-time and part-time pupils in maintained nursery schools and in nursery classes in maintained primary schools.
2. Other under 5s full-time and part-time in maintained primary schools.
3. Percentages 1 and 2 of the estimated population (half of the 1–4 age group) as at 30th June 1973 (source: Registrar General's estimates).

(a)(b)(c)(d)

January 1974 Local Education Authority

Full-time and part-time pupils in nursery schools and in nursery classes in primary schools

Other under 5s full-time and part-time in primary schools

(a) as a percentage of half the age-group 1–4 (at 30th June 1973)(b) as a percentage of half the age-group 1–4 (at 30th June 1973)
ENGLAND—
Greater London:
Barking2011,1834·627·2
Barnet8372,28410·729·1
Bexley3051,1134·416·0
Brent4782,1265·926·2
Bromley1141,0761·312·4
Croydon4082,1283·920·6
Ealing1,1142,40812·927·8
Enfield5981,9188·025·6
Haringey1,2161,96817·828·7
Harrow4467457·712·8
Havering1141,6101·521·0
Hillingdon7311,64710·824·4
Hounslow6901,73611·428·7
Kingston-upon-Thames82369022·218·6
Merton79092217·220·0
Newham1,79970424·09·4
Redbridge808791·314·1
Richmond-upon-Thames2301,0885·525·9
Sutton4855510·21·2
Waltham Forest4098715·611·9
Total Outer London Boroughs11,86827,1518·920·3
Total ILEA14,8959,24222·814·2
Total Greater London26,76336,39313·418·3
Metropolitan Districts:
West Midlands:
Birmingham3,7495,91611·317·8
Coventry1,0103,5978·530·1
Dudley8491,1998·111·4
Sandwell1,4123,07813·629·6
Solihull971,9811·325·9
Walsall1,3892,14412·519·3
Wolverhampton1,0562,00611·521·9
Total9,56219,92110·221·2
Merseyside:
Knowsley3668494·710·9
Liverpool2,9324,69618·429·5
St. Helens1251,9641·828·9
Sefton1,1072,33111·023·1
Wirral8441,8997·5170
Total5,37411,73910·422·7

On the assumption that the number of children of nursery age in any given new local education authority area may be taken to be about one-half of the 1–4 age group the figures are as follows:

(a)(b)(c)(d)

January 1974 Local Education Authority

Full-time and part-time pupils in nursery schools and in nursery classes in primary schools

Other under 5s full-time and part-time in primary schools

(a) as a percentage of half the age-group 1–4 (at 30th June 1973)(b) as a percentage of half the age-group 1–4 (at 30th June 1973)
ENGLAND—
Greater Manchester:
Bolton1,6182,55418·429·0
Bury1701,2112·819·9
Manchester5,6872,61537·317·1
Oldham4282,2175·528·4
Rochdale1,2172,03116·928·2
Salford1,4442,29916·225·8
Stockport4472,3634·624·1
Tameside5531,5957·421·4
Trafford3191,6494·422·6
Wigan5623,3365·130·1
Total12,44521,87013·924·4
South Yorkshire:
Barnsley1,4281,44418·218·4
Doncaster1,8822,35920·025·1
Rotherham1,1251,98012·221·4
Sheffield2,2792,93513·217·0
Total6,7148,71815·319·9
West Yorkshire:
Bradford2,5392,76816·518·0
Calderdale6241,21710·220·0
Kirklees1,3621,78210·613·9
Leeds1,8724,7698·221·0
Wakefield1,3672,42513·123·3
Total7,76412,96111·519·2
Tyne and Wear:
Gateshead4771,7126·924·6
Newcastle upon Tyne9052,53111·231·4
North Tyneside5551,9518·931·2
South Tyneside4861,2319·624·4
Sunderland7693,1347·831·7
Total3,19210,5598·829·2
West Midlands9,56219,92110·221·2
Merseyside5,37411,73910·422·7
Greater Manchester12,44521,87013·924·4
South Yorkshire6,7148,71815·319·9
West Yorkshire7,76412,96111·519·2
Tyne and Wear3,19210,5598·829·2
Total Metropolitan Districts45,05185,76811·822·4
Non-Metropolitan Counties:
Isles of Scilly
Avon2,4524,5829·016·8
Bedfordshire9271,1025·26·2
Berkshire2,2302,57110·011·6
Buckinghamshire1,2872,5097·815·2
Cambridgeshire2,1743,43813·020·5
Cheshire1,5745,7285·218·8
Cleveland2,0674,81510·324·1
Cornwall462,4840·422·3
Cumbria8864,0486·328·6
Derbyshire2,0104,8187·317·5
Devon5713,3442·413·8
Dorset1982,5491·317·1

(a)(b)(c)(d)

January 1974 Local Education Authority

Full-time and part-time pupils in nursery schools and in nursery classes in primary schools

Other under 5s full-time and part-time in primary schools

(a) as a percentage of half the age-group 1–4 (at 30th June 1973)(b) as a percentage of half the age-group 1–4 (at 30th June 1973)
ENGLAND—
Durham2,0905,76911·431·4
East Sussex6653,0344·219·2
Essex1,3194,8002·810·3
Gloucestershire1463,0991·020·4
Hampshire7873,2171·76·8
Hereford and Worcester2882,8881·615·7
Hertfordshire4,1105,53214·118·9
Humberside1,6034,4545·716·0
Isle of Wight359041·333·5
Kent9924,9732·210·9
Lancashire4,2449,85110·524·3
Leicestershire4,6151,23817·04·6
Lincolnshire6332,7443·917·0
Norfolk7225,5983·829·6
North Yorkshire7642,1284·111·4
Northamptonshire8393,1195·018·5
Northumberland1562,7602·136·8
Nottinghamshire2,7053,8668·512·1
Oxfordshire1,3142,6438·016·2
Salop4681,1674·010·0
Somerset2442,7952·225·5
Staffordshire3,5714,54810·813·7
Suffolk6162,6833·515·1
Surrey1,4013,9165·114·1
Warwickshire6753,6614·122·5
West Sussex3441,9632·112·1
Wiltshire92,9650·117·0
Total Non-Metropolitan Counties51,777138,3036·116·2
Total England123,591260,4648·618·1

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many nursery schools and classes will have been provided by the end of the 1976 financial year; and how many full-time places there will then be in England and Wales.

In January 1974 there were in England 523 maintained nursery schools and a further 1,997 nursery classes in maintained primary schools providing a total of 80,370 full-time equivalent nursery places. Nursery education building allocations for England for 1974–76 amount to £38·7 million. Local education authorities are responsible for deciding which projects would start within their allocations, and costs of individual projects vary. It is, therefore, not possible to say in advance how many schools, classes or places these resources will provide.

Nursery schools and classes in Wales are a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his target for nursery education in the whole of the 3-to 5-year age group; and when he hopes that this will be achieved.

The Government's aim remains as stated by my right hon. Friend on 2nd April 1974:

"to make provision as soon as possible for nursery education for children of three and four years of age, mainly on a part-time basis".—[Vol. 871, c. 1077.]
It is not possible to give a firm date by which sufficient places will be available in all parts of the country. This will depend on any future changes in the birth rate and demand for nursery education as well as the available resources.