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Children: Day Care

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Darlington constituency took up free nursery places in the most recent period for which figures are available. (219623)

The available information is shown in the tables.

Table 1 provides information about the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds in Darlington parliamentary constituency area. Data is provided for 2007 only because parliamentary constituency data are not yet available for 2008.

Table 1: Part-time equivalent number of free early education places1, 2 filled by three and four-year-olds Darlington Parliamentary Constituency: Position at January 2007

Three-year-olds

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

2007

710

5330

1,000

930

6130

1,100

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 three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the School Census.

6 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.

Table 2 provides information for 2008 about the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds for Darlington local authority area

Table 2: Part-time equivalent number of free early education places1, 2 filled by three and four-year-olds, Darlington Local Authority: Position at January 2008

Three- year-olds

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

2008

810

5410

1,200

1,100

6140

1,200

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 three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the School Census.

6 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 (SFR) 12/2008 "Provision for children under five years of age in England: January 2008", available on my Department's website:

www.dcsf.gov.uk/rspateway/.