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Children In Care: Nurseries

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in care aged (a) three and above and (b) below three attended daycare nursery in each of the last 10 years. (204141)

The 2006 Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey estimated that there were 766,900 children attending full day care providers in England. The proportion of children attending, by age, for each year available, is shown in the following table.

Table 1: Percentage of children attending full day care provision, by age

Percentage

2005

2006

Total number of children

704,200

766,900

Under two years old

21

20

Two years old

24

24

Three years old

28

31

Four years old

20

21

Five to seven years old

4

2

Eight years old and over

3

1

Note: Percentages may not sum to 100 per cent. due to rounding.

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey does not collect information about children in care.