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Nursery Schools: Essex

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children of nursery school age were in nursery education in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex in each of the last five years. (150068)

Table 1: Number of three and four-year-olds benefiting from free early education places and the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds, Castle Point parliamentary constituency area, position in January each yearNumber of children benefiting from some free early educationPart-time equivalent funded places filledPart-time equivalent funded places filled per 100 children in the population20041,9001,6009120051,8001,6009020061,8001,500n/a 2007n/an/an/a n/a = Not available.Notes: 1. ONS population estimates are aggregated to age groupings of at least five years. Figures based on a single year of age at the sub-national level are therefore of limited reliability. 2. A place is equal to five or more sessions and can be filled by more than one child. 3. Prior to 2004, information on early education places was derived from returns made by local authorities as part of the Nursery Education Grant (NEG) data collection exercise. These data were collected at local authority level, therefore, data at parliamentary constituency area are not available.

Table 2: Number of three and four-year-olds benefiting from early education places and the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds, Essex local authority area, position in January each year

Number of children benefiting from some free early education

Part-time equivalent funded places filled

Part-time equivalent funded places filled per 100 children in the population

2003

n/a

26,600

85

2004

31,300

26,700

87

2005

30,800

26,300

88

2006

30,200

26,000

88

2007

30,600

26,400

88

n/a = Not available.

Notes:

1. ONS population estimates are aggregated to age groupings of at least five years. Figures based on a single year of age at the sub-national level are therefore of limited reliability.

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

The latest figures on early education places for three and four-year-olds in England were published in Statistical First Release (SFR) 19/2007 “Provision for children under five years of age in England: January 2007”, available on my Department's website

www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/.

The population estimates for the number of times three and four-year-olds in both Castle Point parliamentary constituency and Essex local authority indicate reduction over the periods shown in the tables.