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Pre-School Education

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 490-91W, on pre-school education, how many and what proportion of children (a) under the age of two, (b) aged two, (c) aged three and (d) aged four years were in (i) full day care, (ii) full day care in children’s centres, (iii) sessional care, (iv) after school clubs, (v) holiday clubs, (vi) childminder care, (vii) nursery schools, (viii) primary schools with nursery and reception classes and (ix) primary schools with reception but no nursery in each year since 1997. (260057)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on the ages of children in child care and early years providers in England. The following tables show the number and proportion of children attending child care settings for each year for which data are available. Data in the following tables are from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Childcare and Early Years Providers Surveys. Data are not available separately for those aged under one year. In the 2005 survey data are only available for two age bands: under two, and between two and four years. Data for earlier years are not available.

Table 1: Number of children attending childcare and early years providers by age, 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 nursery

83,800

Table 2: Proportion of children in England attending childcare and early years providers by age, 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

Table 3: Number of children attending child care and early years provides by age, 2006

Type of provider

Under 2 years

2 years

3 years

4 years

Full day care

169,200

206,600

259,900

174,100

Sessional care

98,700

189,100

349,300

230,800

Before school

36,700

44,900

65,400

55,600

After school

41,000

50,300

73,400

66,400

Holiday care

55,400

68,400

91,700

73,100

Childminders

47,300

37,600

33,500

24,000

Primary school with nursery1

96,000

16,700

Primary school with reception1

17,100

Maintained nursery1

14,900

1,400

Table 4: Proportion of children in England attending childcare and early years providers by age, 2006

Percentage

Type of provider

Under 2 years

2 years

3 years

4 years

Full day care

13.1

32.9

42.9

29.5

Sessional care

7.6

30.1

57.6

39.2

Before school

2.8

7.2

10.8

9.4

After school

3.2

8.0

12.1

11.3

Holiday care

4.3

10.9

15.1

12.4

Childminder

3.7

6.0

5.5

4.1

Primary schools with nursery1

15.8

2.8

Primary schools with reception1

2.9

Maintained nursery1

2.5

0.2

Table 5: Number of children attending childcare and early years providers by age, 2005

Type of provider

Under 2 years old

2 to 4 years old

Full day care

146,400

491,400

Sessional day care

9,000

354,000

Out of school

10,700

79,300

Childminders

47,600

82,800

Table 6: Proportion of children in England attending childcare and early years providers by age, 2005

Percentage

Type of provider

Under 2 years old

2 to 4 years old

Full day care

11.5

27.5

Sessional day care

0.7

19.8

Out of school

0.8

4.4

Childminders

3.8

4.6

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

Notes:

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

2. Sessional care: defined as “facilities where children under eight attend day are 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 pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1478W, on pre-school education, by what date he expects the extension of free early education entitlement to nursery care from 12.5 hours to 15 hours a week to apply in the case of two-year-olds in all local authority areas. (260141)

The extension to the free early education entitlement for three and four year-olds from 12.5 hours to 15 hours a week will be delivered, in all local authorities, by September 2010.

An offer of free early education to 15 per cent. of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds and their families will begin to be delivered in all local authorities by September 2009. We will be testing offers of both 10 and 15 hours in different local authorities, while we evaluate the best approach to further roll out of the offer.

Decisions regarding the pace and scale of wider roll out will be taken based on evidence gathered from the pilot and in the light of wider fiscal considerations as part of the next comprehensive spending review.