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Pre-School Provision

Volume 281: debated on Tuesday 16 July 1996

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what was (a) the number and (b) the percentage of four-year-olds in pre-school provision in each local education authority and nationally in 1996; [37256](2) what was

(a) the number and (b) the percentage of three-year-olds in pre-school provision in each local education authority and nationally in 1996; [37257]

(3) what was (a) the number and (b) the percentage of three and four-year-olds in pre-school provision in each local education authority and nationally in 1996. [37258]

Information on pupils aged three and four in maintained nursery schools and nursery classes in England in January 1996—provisional—is shown in the following table. The Department does not publish information on participation rates of individual age cohorts by local education authority. Participation rates for all pupils aged under five for each local education authority will be available in the autumn.

Pupils aged three and four in maintained nursery schools and nursery classes in maintained primary schools in England1
AgeNumber of pupilsPercentage of population at 31 December 1995
32209,20032
43155,10024
3 and 4364,30028
1 These figures are not directly comparable with those released in previous years due to changes in the data collected.
2 Includes pupils aged two. Excludes pupils born between 1 September 1991 and 31 December 1991.
3 Includes pupils born between 1 September 1991 and 31 December 1991. Excludes pupils born between 1 September 1990 and 31 December 1990.