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Nursery Schools: East of England

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many free early years education places have been available in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Essex and (d) Cambridgeshire in each year since 1997. (169962)

The available information on the number of part-time funded places filled by three and four-year-olds in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire local authority areas is shown in the tables.

Since April 2004 all three and four-year-olds have been entitled to a free part-time early education place for 12.5 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. From 2010, this offer will be extended from 12.5 to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year.

Number of part time funded places1,2 filled by three and four-year-olds—local authority: Suffolk

Position in January each year

Part-time funded places filled by three-year-olds

Part-time funded places filled by four-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools3

Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers

Total three-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools4

Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers

Total four-year-olds

1997

610

n/a

610

n/a

n/a

57,400

1998

560

n/a

560

n/a

n/a

57,600

1999

720

n/a

720

n/a

n/a

58,000

2000

630

60

630

n/a

n/a

58,000

2001

860

6480

1,300

n/a

n/a

57,600

2002

1,000

63,200

4,200

6,300

51,600

7,900

2003

1,100

63,300

4,400

6,100

71,700

7,800

2004

1,300

84,300

5,600

5,800

91,600

7,300

2005

1,300

84,400

5,700

5,800

91,500

7,300

2006

1,300

84,400

5,700

5,500

91,500

7,000

2007

1,400

84,800

6,200

5,600

91,400

7,000

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 1000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise.

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

4 Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the School Census.

5 Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.

6 Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.

7 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 School Census,

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

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

Number of part time funded places1,2 filled by three and four-year-olds—local authority: Norfolk

Position in January each year

Part-time funded places filled by three-year-olds

Part-time funded places filled by four-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools3

Other maintained and private voluntary and independent providers

Total three-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools4

Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers

Total four-year-olds

1997

1,500

n/a

1,500

n/a

n/a

58,200

1998

1,800

n/a

1,800

n/a

n/a

58,400

1999

1,900

n/a

1,900

n/a

n/a

58,500

2000

1,900

60

1,900

n/a

n/a

58,900

2001

1,900

6130

2,100

n/a

n/a

58,400

2002

1,800

63,000

4,700

6,600

51,900

8,400

2003

1,800

64,300

6,200

6,500

71,900

8,400

2004

2,100

84,400

6,500

6,300

91,800

8,200

2005

2,000

84,100

6,100

6,200

91,700

7,900

2006

2,200

84,700

6,900

5,900

91,800

7,700

2007

2,100

84,900

7,100

5,900

91,800

7,700

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

4 Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the School Census.

5 Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.

6 Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.

7 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 School Census.

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

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

Number of part time funded places1,2 filled by three and four-year-olds—local authority: Essex

Position in January each year

Part-time funded places filled by three-year-olds

Part-time funded places filled by four-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools3

Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers

Total three-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools4

Other maintained and private voluntary and independent providers

Total four-year-olds

1997

1,600

n/a

1,600

n/a

n/a

514,000

1998

1,900

n/a

1,600

n/a

n/a

515,000

1999

2,000

n/a

2,000

n/a

n/a

515,200

2000

2,000

60

2,000

n/a

n/a

515,100

2001

2,000

6220

2,220

n/a

n/a

515,100

2002

2,000

66,700

8,700

10,400

54,700

15,100

2003

2,000

9,500

11,500

10,400

74,600

15,000

2004

2,000

99,700

11,700

10,500

94,500

15,000

2005

1,900

810,000

11,900

9,900

94,500

14,400

2006

2,000

89,900

11,900

9,900

94,200

14,100

2007

1,900

810,400

12,300

9,700

94,400

14,100

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

4 Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the School Census.

5 Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.

6 Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.

7 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 School Census.

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

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

Number of part time funded places1,2 filled by three and four year olds—local authority: Cambridgeshire

Position in January each year

Part-time funded places filled by three-year-olds

Part-time funded places filled by four-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools3

Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers

Total three-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools4

Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers

Total four-year-olds

1997

1,100

n/a

1,100

n/a

n/a

55,800

1998

1,100

n/a

1,100

n/a

n/a

56,500

1999

1,200

n/a

1,200

n/a

n/a

56,300

2000

1,100

60

1,100

n/a

n/a

56,400

2001

1,200

6870

2,000

n/a

n/a

55,900

2002

1,200

61,500

2,700

4,700

51,600

6,200

2003

1,100

62,700

3,800

4,600

71,600

6,200

2004

1,000

82,800

3,800

4,500

91,600

6,100

2005

980

84,000

4,900

4,400

91,300

5,700

2006

1,100

84,000

5,100

4,500

91,500

6,000

2007

1,100

84,300

5,400

4,400

91,600

6,000

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

4 Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the School Census.

5 Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.

6 Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.

7 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 School Census.

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

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

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

www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/