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Free Nursery Places: Copeland

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Copeland constituency receive free nursery places. (205984)

All three and four-year-olds are entitled to receive 12.5 hours of free provision for 38 weeks of the year, rising to 15 hours by 2010. 96 per cent. of all three-year-olds nationally, and nearly all four-year-olds access some free provision.

The latest data we have, for 2007, show that in Copeland 660 three-year-olds and 690 four-year-olds receive free part-time nursery places, across the maintained and private, voluntary and independent sectors.