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Nursery Education

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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30.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the percentage of three and four-year-old children in state-run nursery schools in the United Kingdom; and what are the equivalent figures for West Germany, Sweden and Denmark.

The readily available information is as follows:

Percentage of 3 to 4 age group in education and day-care, 1987
EducationDay-care
CountryPublicPrivatePublicPrivate
United Kingdom423383
West Germany40116n/an/a
Sweden240n/a221n/a
Denmarkn/an/a
1 1982; private sector provision subsidised by public funds.
2 1988, includes private sector.
— = nil or negligible.
n/a = not available.

Source:

Statistical Bulletin 13/89: International Statistical Comparisons of the Participation in Education and Day-care of three to six-year-olds.