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Nurseries: Greater London

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many nursery places for three and four-year-olds there were in (a) Eltham, (b) the London borough of Greenwich and (c) London in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006. (126689)

The available information is shown in the table.

Eltham parliamentary constituencyGreenwich local authority areaLondon

Year

Three and four-year-old population

Number of part time funded places filled by three and four-year-olds1,2

Three and four-year-old population

Number of part time funded places filled by three and four-year-olds1,2

Three and four-year-old population

Number of part time funded places filled by three and four-year-olds1,2

1997

n/a

n/a

6,400

5,000

194,900

125,700

2006

n/a

1,800

6,100

5,900

185,700

166,800

n/a = not available

1 A place is equal to five or more sessions and can be filled by more than one child.

2 Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 or 100 as appropriate.

The latest figures on early education places for three and four-year-olds in England were published in Statistical First Release 32/2006 ‘Provision for children under five years of age in England—January 2006 (final)’ in August, which is available on my Department’s website at:

www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/.