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Nursery Schools: Greater London

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many free nursery places have been provided in London in each of the last 10 years. (180604)

Information about the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds in London is shown in the table.

Part-time equivalent number of free early education places1,2,3 filled by three and four-year-olds in London—position in January each year3-year-olds4-year-oldsMaintained nursery and primary schools4Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providersTotal 3-year-oldsMaintained nursery and primary schools4Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providersTotal 4-year-olds199842,300n/a42,300n/an/a685,000199944,900n/a44,900n/an/a687,500200046,500712,10058,600n/an/a687,000200146,700720,80067,500n/an/a687,800200246,900732,70079,60078,100813,50089,600200347,400729,40076,80075,000814,30089,300200446,700928,00075,30074,0001014,00088,000200546,600930,10076,70073,6001013,00086,600200647,700932,30080,00073,5001013,40086,800200748,800934,80083,60074,2001014,00088,200 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 100 if they exceed 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise.3 Prior to 2002, information on early education places taken up by four-year-olds was derived from returns made by local authorities as part of the Nursery Education Grant (NEG) data collection exercise. These data do not differentiate between the maintained and private, voluntary and independent sectors.4 Headcount of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Annual Schools’ Census.5 Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Annual Schools’ Census.6 Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.7 Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.8. Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census supplementary data collection exercise and the Annual Schools’ Census.9 Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Annual Schools’ Census.10 Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Annual Schools’ Census.

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

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