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Pre-school Education

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many two- year-olds he expects to have participated in free early years pre-school entitlement by 2016. (318418)

[holding answer 24 February 2010]: By the end of March 2010 it is expected some 20,000 two-year-olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds will have access to a free early learning and child care place each year.

We will continue to make progress on the long-term ambition that the Prime Minister has set out to provide free part-time nursery places for all two-year-olds whose parents want them.

Decisions regarding the pace of future roll-out will need to be taken in the light of wider fiscal considerations as part of the next spending review.