Early Years Education

Education and Skills written question – answered on 22nd February 2005.

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Photo of Dari Taylor Dari Taylor PPS (Ms Hazel Blears, Minister of State), Home Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free nursery and pre-reception class places have been created for three, four and five-year-olds in the constituency of Stockton, South since 1997.

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

All four-year-olds in England have been entitled to a free part-time early education place since September 1998. All three-year-olds in England have been entitled to a free part-time early education place since April 2004.

The available information on the numbers of free part-time early education places taken up by three and four-year-olds in Stockton-on-Tees local education authority area and parliamentary constituencies within Stockton-on-Tees local education authority area since 1997 is shown in the tables.

The latest figures on early education places for three and four-year-olds in England were published in Statistical First Release 39/2004 Provision for children under five years of age in England—January 2004 (final)", which is available on the Department's website www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/.

Number of free nursery education places(41)taken up 3 and 4-year-olds—Stockton local education authority area -- Position in January each year
3-year-olds 4-year-olds
Maintained nursery and primary schools(42) Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers Total 3-year-olds Maintained nursery and primary schools(43) Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers Total 4-year-olds
1997 2,400 n/a 2,400 n/a n/a (44)2,500
1998 2,200 n/a 2,200 n/a n/a (44)2,400
1999 2,000 n/a 2,000 n/a n/a (44)2,200
2000 1,900 (45)70 2,000 n/a n/a (44)2,200
2001 1,800 (45)100 1,900 n/a n/a (44)2,300
2002 1,700 (45)220 1,900 2,100 (44)90 2,200
2003 1,600 (45)110 1,700 2,100 (46)120 2,200
2004 1,600 (45)220 1,800 2,100 (48)140 2,200

n/a = Not available.

(41)Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 or 100 as appropriate.

(42)Headcount of children aged three at 31st December in the previous calendar year from the Annual Schools' Census.

(43)Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Annual Schools' Census.

(44)Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.

(45)Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.

(46)Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census supplementary data collection exercise and the Annual Schools' Census.

(47)Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Annual Schools' Census.

(48)Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Annual Schools' Census.

Number of free nursery education places(49)taken up 3 and 4-year-olds by parliamentary constituencyStockton local education authority area -- Position in January 2004
3-year-olds 4-year-olds
Maintained nursery and primary schools(50) Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers(51) Total

3-year-olds

Maintained nursery and primary schools(52) Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers(53) Total

4-year-olds

Stockton North 760 70 830 940 60 1,000
Stockton South 860 150 1,000 1,100 80 1,200
Stockton LEA Total 1,600 220 1,800 2,100 140 2,200

(49)Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 or 100 as appropriate.

(50)Headcount of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Annual Schools' Census.

(51)Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Annual Schools' Census.

(52)Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Annual Schools' Census.

(53)Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the Annual Schools' Census.

Changes in pupil figures may arise from changes to the underlying population in the local education authority area and other factors. However, my Department does not publish population figures for individual age cohorts at sub-national level because of the unreliability of the underlying population estimates. The Office for National Statistics publish sub-national population estimates in five-year age bands.

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