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Pre-school Education: Tamworth

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Tamworth constituency took up free nursery places in each of the last 10 years. (274374)

The Department publishes information on the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four year-olds. This is derived by counting children taking up 12 and a half hours per week as one place, 10 hours per week as 0.8 places, seven and a half hours per week as 0.6 places, five hours per week as 0.4 places and two and a half hours per week as 0.2 places.

Table 1 provides this information for Tamworth 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 3 and 4-year-olds: Parliamentary constituency, Tamworth—Position in January each year

3-year-olds

4-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools4

Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers5

Total 3 year olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools6

Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers7

Total 4 year olds

2004

260

610

870

900

120

1,000

2005

310

590

910

900

140

1,000

2006

260

560

830

850

190

1,000

2007

310

650

950

760

190

950

2008

310

690

1,000

820

230

1,100

1 A place is equal to 12.5 hours (five sessions) and can be filled by more than one child.

2 Figures are rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1000 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. Data taken from the School Census.

5 Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31st December in the previous calendar year. Data taken from the Early Years Census and the School Census.

6 Headcount of children aged four at 31st December in the previous calendar year. Data taken from the School Census.

7 Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year. Data taken 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 the Department's website

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