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Nursery Education

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 18 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many (a) 3-year-old and (b) 4-year-old children in England were in (i) nursery schools and (ii) nursery classes in primary schools expressed as (a) full-time equivalents and (b) full and unweighted part-timers in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what was the total population of (i) 3-year-olds and (ii) 4-year-olds in the same years.

Age of pupils (at previous 31 August)

3 years

4 years

*

1980

1981

1982

1980

1981

1982

Part-time pupils91,32095,531‡105,57427,97027,950‡27,972
Full-time equivalent†65,05767,468‡72,78625,51925,248‡24,526
Estimated population (thousands)544525539385368354

* Excluding children aged 4 years who became 5 years of age by 31 December.

† Full-time pupils plus half the number of part-time pupils.

† Provisional.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, how many (a) 3-year-olds and (b) 4-year-olds in England were in local authority day nurseries with teacher surpervision expressed (i) as full-time equivalents and (ii) as full and unweighted part-timers in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

The Department does not collect information relating to the employment of teachers in day nurseries.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many (a) 3-year-olds and (b) 4-year-olds in England were involved in no form of education or other pre-school educational experience in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

The estimated numbers of children aged 3 and 4 years who were not attending a school as either a full-time or part-time pupil in January 1980, 1981 and 1982 are as follows:

Children aged 3 and 4 years not attending a school
Age at previous 31 August
January3 years (thousands)*4 years (thousands)
1980390104
198136794
198236986
* Excluding children aged 4 years on 31 August who became 5 years by 31 December.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are his estimates of the number of (a) 3 and (b) 4-year-olds in each school year for 1982–83 to 1988–89.

Projections of the numbers of 3 and 4-year-old children in England are as follows:

Thousands
January of each year
*Age 3Age 4
1983584366
1984606396
1985595415
1986579395
1987579388
1988594391
1989616404
* Children aged 3 at the previous 31 August.
† Children aged 4 at the previous 31 August, but excluding those becoming 5 between that date and 31 December.