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Pre-school Education

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which local authorities are involved in the pilot schemes to extend the pre-school education entitlement to two-year-olds; and if he will make a statement; (228676)

(2) what estimate he has made of the take-up of the pre-school education entitlement among two-year-olds in each local authority participating in a pilot scheme; and if he will make a statement.

The pilot is currently operating in 32 local authorities and has benefited approximately 13,500 children. From January 2009 the extended pilot will operate in a further 31 local authorities and we anticipate that over a further 20,000 children will benefit. The full list of 63 local authorities is:

Barking and Dagenham

Barnsley

Birmingham

Blackburn

Blackpool

Bradford

Brent

Bristol

Camden

Cornwall

Derbyshire

Devon

Doncaster

Dudley

Durham

Ealing

Enfield

Essex

Gloucestershire

Greenwich

Hackney

Haringey

Hartlepool

Hertfordshire

Hounslow

Hull

Islington

Kent

Knowsley

Lambeth

Lancashire

Leeds

Leicestershire

Lewisham

Liverpool

Luton

Manchester

Middlesbrough

Newcastle

Newham

Norfolk

North Somerset

Nottingham

Peterborough

Portsmouth

Rochdale

Rotherham

Salford

Sandwell

Sheffield

Slough

South Tyneside

Southwark

Stoke

Sunderland

Telford and Wrekin

Tower Hamlets

Wakefield

Waltham Forest

Westminster

Worcestershire

Wolverhampton

York.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 1133W, on pre-school education, what the timescale is for the pilots underway in 63 local authorities. (229764)

32 local authorities have been engaged in delivering a pilot, free early education entitlement for two-year-olds, since 2006. We have invited those local authorities, to participate in the extended scheme from 2008. A further 31 local authorities will commence delivery of the extended scheme in phases from January 2009. The extended scheme will run until April 2011.