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Pre-school Education: York

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many nursery places were available in City of York constituency in each of the last 20 years. (257970)

Information on the number of nursery places available is not collected centrally, however information on the number of part-time early education places filled 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 City of York parliamentary constituency area from 2004 to 2008. Data at parliamentary constituency level are not available prior to 2004.

Table 1: Part-time equivalent number of free early education places1, 2, 3 filled by three and four-year-olds, city of York parliamentary constituency, 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

560

430

990

820

200

1,000

2005

600

410

1,000

800

210

1,000

2006

520

520

1,000

810

240

1,000

2007

510

450

960

740

210

950

2008

580

610

1,200

750

220

970

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 is 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 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 York local authority area for the years 1997 to 2008.

Table 2: Part-time equivalent number of free early education places1, 2 filled by three and four-year-olds, York local authority, 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

1997

680

n/a

680

n/a

n/a

5, 61,900

1998

750

n/a

750

n/a

n/a

5, 61,800

1999

810

n/a

810

n/a

n/a

5, 61,900

2000

790

70

800

n/a

n/a

5, 62,000

2001

700

7920

1,600

n/a

n/a

5, 61,800

2002

690

7950

1,600

1,500

5390

1,900

2003

640

7980

1,600

1,500

8380

1,900

2004

660

9900

1,600

1,500

10340

1,800

2005

700

9940

1,600

1,400

10380

1,700

2006

630

91,000

1,700

1,400

10420

1,900

2007

600

91,000

1,600

1,300

10390

1,700

2008

690

91,400

2,100

1,400

10440

1,800

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 1997 to 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 at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000790/index.shtml