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Nursery Schools: Greater London

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Shadow Minister (Olympics and London), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Olympics and London)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many free nursery places have been provided in London in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

Information about the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds in London is shown in the table.

Part-time equivalent number of free early education places( 1,2,3) filled by three and four-year-olds in London—position in January each year
3-year-olds 4-year-olds
Maintained nursery and primary schools( 4) Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers Total 3-year-olds Maintained nursery and primary schools( 4) Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers Total 4-year-olds
1998 42,300 n/a 42,300 n/a n/a (6)85,000
1999 44,900 n/a 44,900 n/a n/a (6)87,500
2000 46,500 (7)12,100 58,600 n/a n/a (6)87,000
2001 46,700 (7)20,800 67,500 n/a n/a (6)87,800
2002 46,900 (7)32,700 79,600 78,100 (8)13,500 89,600
2003 47,400 (7)29,400 76,800 75,000 (8)14,300 89,300
2004 46,700 (9)28,000 75,300 74,000 (10)14,000 88,000
2005 46,600 (9)30,100 76,700 73,600 (10)13,000 86,600
2006 47,700 (9)32,300 80,000 73,500 (10)13,400 86,800
2007 48,800 (9)34,800 83,600 74,200 (10)14,000 88,200
n/a = not available.

(1) A place is equal to five or more sessions and can be filled by more than one child.

(2) Figures are rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise.

(3) Prior to 2002, information on early education places taken up by four-year-olds was derived from returns made by local authorities as part of the Nursery Education Grant (NEG) data collection exercise. These data do not differentiate between the maintained and private, voluntary and independent sectors.

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

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

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

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

(8.) 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.

(9) 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.

(10) 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.

The latest figures on early education places for three and four-year-olds in England were published in Statistical First Release (SFR) 19/2007 "Provision for children under five years of age in England: January 2007", available on my Department's website

www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/

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