Nursery Classes and Pre-school Playgroups

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many children are now in local education authority nursery classes in (a) England and (b) Wales; and

How many nursery classes there are in (a) England and (b) Wales; and

What is their estimate of the number of pre-school playgroups in (a) England and (b) Wales.

Photo of Baroness Ashton of Upholland Baroness Ashton of Upholland Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare), Department for Education and Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare), Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare) (also Department for Education and Science), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare) (also Department for Work and Pensions)

The information is not available in the form requested.

There were 331,300 children in maintained nursery schools and nursery classes in maintained primary schools in England in January 2003. The number of maintained primary schools in England with nursery classes was 6,400. The number of maintained nursery schools in England was 475. The latest figures on provision for three and four year-olds in England were published in a statistical bulletin Provision for children under five years of age in England—January 2003 which is available on the department's website www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/.

The department's best estimate of the number of pre-school playgroups in England as at January 2003 is 10,100.

Information on early years education in Wales is a matter for the Education Department of the Assembly for Wales.

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