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House of Commons Hansard
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Pre-school Education: Leeds
04 March 2010
Volume 506
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To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) free nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for children aged (i) three and (ii) four years old in Leeds North West constituency in each year since 1997. [319508]

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Table 1 shows the number of part-time equivalent places filled by three and four-year-olds in Leeds North West constituency from 2004 to 2009.

The Department publishes information on the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds in maintained, private, voluntary and independent providers. Information on the number of pre-school places is not separately available. Part-time equivalent places are 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. Data at parliamentary constituency level are not available prior to 2004.

Table 2: Part-time equivalent number of free early education places1,2,3 filled by three and four-year-olds4, parliamentary constituency: Leeds North West, position in January each year

Three-year-olds

Four-year-olds

2004

570

720

2005

590

600

2006

600

710

2007

660

690

2008

710

650

2009

760

700

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 10. 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 is not available prior to 2004. 4 Age of all children taken at 31 December in the previous calendar year. Source: Early Years Census and School Census.

The latest figures on early education places for three and four-year-olds in England were published in Statistical First Release (SFR) 11/2009 "Provision for children under five years of age in England: January 2009", available on the Department's website:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000848/index.shtml