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Education (Heywood and Middleton)

Education and Skills written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Jim Dobbin Jim Dobbin Labour/Co-operative, Heywood and Middleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) free nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four year olds in Heywood and Middleton in each of the last seven years.

Photo of Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Children)

The information is not available in the form requested.

Figures on the number of free nursery education places taken up by three and four year olds in Rochdale local education authority area are shown in the table.

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/.

Since the beginning of April 2004, six months ahead of our original target, all three year olds in England whose parents want one, are eligible for a free, part-time early education place.

Number of free nursery education places1,2 taken up by 3 and4-year-old children in maintained nursery and primary schools and private, voluntary and independent providers—Rochdale local education authority area—1997–2003
Position in January each year 3-year-olds 4-year-olds
1997 1,400 2.800
1998 1.500 2,800
1999 1,400 2,800
2000 2.300 2,700
2001 2,300 2,700
2002 2,500 2,700
2003 2,300 2,700

(36) Part-time equivalent number of free nursery education places taken up by three and four year old children.

(37) A free nursery education place comprises five, two and a half hour sessions of early years education per week, for thirty-three weeks of the year, usually three terms of eleven weeks.

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