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Nursery Schools: Leeds

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the free nursery education entitlement change from 12.5 hours to 15 hours a week to be implemented in Leeds, West constituency; and if he will make a statement. (246173)

Leeds City council is a “pathfinder” local authority for the extension of the free early learning entitlement from 12 ½ to 15 hours per week. At present, around 4,000 free early learning places of 15 hours have been secured across Leeds and we expect 15 hours to be available to almost all children in Leeds by autumn 2009. We cannot separately identify figures for the Leeds, West constituency.