Children: Day Care

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller Shadow Minister (Children, Young People and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of nursery children who travel to and from nursery (a) by car, (b) by public transport, (c) on foot and (d) by bicycle.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The Department does not hold complete data relating to mode of travel to school. Provision of this information is only compulsory for those schools with an approved Travel Plan. The scope of collection includes: maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools, city technology colleges, academies and special schools.

In the spring 2007 School Census, mode of travel data was supplied for almost 70 per cent. of pupils. The available information relating to nursery pupils is provided in the following table.

LA maintained nursery and primary schools( 1) : nursery pupils by mode of travel( 2,3) , as at January 2007, England
Nursery pupils( 2)
Number Percentage
Walk 135,390 42.2
Cycle 900 0.3
Car/van 61,550 19.2
Car share 3,960 1.2
Public service bus 3,010 0.9
Dedicated school bus 370 0.1
Bus (type not known) 980 0.3
Taxi 610 0.2
Train 70 0.0
London underground 20 0.0
Metro/tram/light rail 50 0.0
Boarding pupil—not applicable 0 0.0
Other 1,120 0.4
Mode of travel—not collected 112,540 35.1
Total 320,550 100.0
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.

(2) Includes all pupils in maintained nursery schools and pupils in maintained primary schools whose national curriculum year group is nursery. Includes pupils with sole and dual (main) registration.

(3) Where a pupil uses more than one mode of travel for each journey to school, the longest element of the journey by distance should be recorded.


Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.


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