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Pre-school Education: Darlington

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Darlington constituency took up free nursery places in each of the last 10 years. (228376)

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 at parliamentary constituency level are not yet available for 2008.

Part-time equivalent number of free early education places1,2,3 filled by three and four-year-olds: parliamentary constituency Darlington—position in January each year

Three-year-olds

Four-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools4

Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers5

Total three-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools6

Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers7

Total four-year-olds

2004

780

290

1,100

990

100

1.10&

2005

700

270

970

890

110

1,000

2006

710

310

1,000

860

90

940

2007

710

330

1,000

930

130

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 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise.

3 Prior to 2004, information on early education places was derived from returns made by local authorities as part of the Nursery Education Grant (NEG) data collection exercise. These data were collected at local authority level, therefore, data for this parliamentary constituency prior to 2004 are not available.

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

7 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 about the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds for Darlington local authority area for the years 1999 to 2008.

Part-time equivalent number of free early education places1,2 filled by three and four-year-olds: local authority Darlington—position in January each year

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

1999

1,000

n/a

1,000

n/a

n/a

5,61,300

2000

980

70

1,000

m/a

n/a

5,61,300

2001

920

760

970

n/a

n/a

5,61,300

2002

920

7290

1,200

1,100

5110

1,200

2003

870

7350

1,200

1,100

8130

1.200

2004

780

9370

1,200

1,100

10120

1,200

2005

700

9350

1,100

970

10150

1,100

2006

740

9370

1,100

950

10120

1,100

2007

740

9390

1,100

1,000

10150

1,200

2008

810

9410

1,200

1,100

10140

1,200

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 For the years 1999-2001, four-year-old sub national figures from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise can not be disaggregated between the maintained and private, voluntary and independent sectors.

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

8 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.

9 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.

10 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/rsgateway/