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Pre-School Education

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children aged (a) below one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four were in the care of a (i) maintained nursery, (ii) Sure Start children's centre, (iii) private, voluntary or independent nursery and (iv) childminder in each of the last four quarters. (251039)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on the ages of children in child care and early years providers in England in the form given in tables 1 and 2. The survey does not collect data quarterly, therefore annual figures have been provided.

Table 1: Age breakdown for number of children attending child care and early years providers : 2007

Type of provider

Under 2 years

2 years

3 years

4 years

Full day care

167,900

203,100

249,700

144,400

Full day care in children’s centres

14,300

18,800

19,700

11,000

Sessional care

5,200

63,500

158,600

93,700

After school

2,800

4,100

11,300

32,000

Holiday clubs

4,200

5,800

10,600

19,200

Childminder

53,300

39,700

33,600

26,500

Nursery schools1

17,600

20,600

Primary schools with nursery and reception classes1

119,200

214,000

Primary schools with reception but no nursery1

83,800

1 These providers were only asked for the number of children in the age groups where figures are presented.

Notes:

1. Children may attend more than one provider and therefore may be included in the figures for more than one of the provider types in the table.

2. Sessional care: defined as “facilities where children under eight attend day care for no more than five sessions a week, each session being less than a continuous period of four hours in any day. Where two sessions are offered in any one day, there is a break between sessions with no children in the care of the provider.”

Table 2: Proportion of children in England attending child care and early years providers by age group: 2007

Percentage

Type of provider

Under 2 years

2 years

3 years

4 years

Full day care

13

34

42

25

Full day care in children’s centres

1

3

3

2

Sessional care

0

10

27

16

After school

0

1

2

6

Holiday clubs

0

1

2

3

Childminder

4

7

6

5

Nursery schools

3

4

Primary schools with nursery and reception classes

20

37

Primary schools with reception but no nursery

15

Notes:

1. These providers were only asked to provide data on the age groups where proportions are presented.

2. Children may attend more than one provider and therefore will be included in the proportions for more than one of the provider types in the table. For this reason some columns total more than 100 per cent..

3. Sessional care: defined as “facilities where children under eight attend day care for no more than five sessions a week, each session being less than a continuous period of four hours in any day. Where two sessions are offered in any one day, there is a break between sessions with no children in the care of the provider.”

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children aged (a) below one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four attended a formal childcare setting in each of the last four quarters. (251040)

The Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents collects information on the types of childcare used by families. Table 1 as following shows the figures from the 2007 Parents Childcare Survey on use of formal childcare by the age of the child.

Table 1: Use of formal childcare in the last week, by age of child

Age of child

Percentage

0-2

38

3-4

85

5-7

34

8-11

22

12-14

7

The Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents is a sample survey therefore absolute numbers of children cannot be provided.

Quarterly figures are not available.