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Pre-School Education

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the overall cost of increasing the free entitlement to nursery places for 12,000 disadvantaged two-year-olds. (211166)

Pilots of free early years provision for two-year-olds benefited 13,500 disadvantaged two-year-olds between 2006 and March this year at a cost of £18 million. Over 20,000 more two-year-olds will benefit over the next three years.