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Nursery Schools: North East Region

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in (a) the North East and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are in free nursery education. (134769)

The available information is shown in the table.

Number of part-time funded places1,2 filled by three and four year olds, January 2006

3 year olds

4 year olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools3

Maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers4

Total 3 year olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools5

Maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers6

Total 4 year olds

North East Region

19,300

5,300

24,700

24,500

1,700

26,200

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Parliamentary Constituency area

890

30

910

990

20

1,000

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 100 if they exceed 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise.

3 Headcount of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Schools Census.

4 Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Schools Census.

5 Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Schools’ Census.

6 Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Schools Census.

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 www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/.