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Pre-School Education

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Susan Kramer Susan Kramer Cabinet Office, Shadow Secretary of State, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the take-up rate of the early years education entitlement in each local authority for the most recent period for which figures are available.

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 is shown in the following table.

All three and four-year-olds have been entitled to a free part-time early education place for 12.5 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. From 2010, this offer will be extended from 12.5 to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year.

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.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/

Part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds England, position in January each year, 2007 data as at 22 May
Part-time equivalent funded places filled Population estimates Part-time equivalent funded places filled per 100 children in the population
England 1,054,800 1,150,675 91.7
North East 51,830 53,855 96.2
Darlington 2,300 2,355 97.7
Durham 9,560 10,165 94.0
Gateshead 3,805 4,040 94.2
Hartlepool 2,055 2,095 98.1
Middlesbrough 3,360 3,290 102.2
Newcastle upon Tyne 5,280 5,575 94.7
North Tyneside 4,040 4,095 98.7
Northumberland 6,045 6,220 97.2
Redcar and Cleveland 2,915 3,010 96.9
South Tyneside 2,790 2,970 93.9
Stockton-on-Tees 4,045 4,175 96.9
Sunderland 5,635 5,865 96.0
Northwest 143,885 153,545 93.7
Blackburn with Daren 3,775 4,190 90.1
Blackpool 2,735 2,950 92.8
Bolton 6,425 6,540 98.2
Bury 4,120 4,365 94.4
Cheshire 13,385 14,345 93.3
Cumbria 9,265 9,645 96.0
Halton 2,540 2,905 87.5
Knowsley 3,375 3,545 95.2
Lancashire 22,570 24,885 90.7
Liverpool 9,140 9,495 96.3
Manchester 10.380 10,735 96.7
Oldham 5,670 6,055 93.6
Rochdale 4,775 5,220 91.5
Salford 4,790 4,895 97.9
Sefton 5,395 5,600 96.4
St. Helens 3,505 3,825 91.7
Stockport 5,645 5,975 94.5
Tameside 4,520 4,930 91.7
Trafford 4,865 5,150 94.5
Warrington 4,305 4,450 96.8
Wigan 6,140 6,890 89.1
Wirral 6,555 6,965 94.1
Yorkshire and the Humber 107,915 114,650 94.1
Barnsley 4,675 4,860 96.2
Bradford 13,315 14,645 90.9
Calderdale 4,625 4,685 98.7
Doncaster 6,035 6,640 90.9
East Riding of Yorkshire 5,985 6,530 91.7
Kingston upon Hull, City of 5,225 5,395 96.8
Kirklees 9,085 10,255 88.6
Leeds 15,185 15,495 98.0
North East Lincolnshire 3,405 3,525 96.5
North Lincolnshire 3,160 3,445 91.8
North Yorkshire 11,095 11,775 94.2
Rotherham 5,355 5,740 93.3
Sheffield 10,690 11,105 96.3
Wakefield 6,715 7,005 95.8
York 3,375 3,550 95.1
East Midlands 87,865 94,710 92.8
Derby 5,655 5,565 101.6
Derbyshire 14,460 15,500 93.3
Leicester 7,295 7,895 92.4
Leicestershire 11,725 13,680 85.7
Lincolnshire 12,390 13,195 93.9
Northamptonshire 14,350 16,050 89.4
Nottingham 6,135 6,050 101.4
Nottinghamshire 15,150 16,100 94.1
Rutland 710 675 105.0
West Midlands 116,220 125,165 92.9
Birmingham 25,180 28,445 88.5
Coventry 6,825 7,175 95.2
Dudley 6,610 6,855 96.5
Herefordshire 3,125 3,445 90.7
Sandwell 6,955 7,525 92.4
Shropshire 5,725 5,670 100.9
Solihull 4,385 4,280 102.4
Staffordshire 15,470 16,885 91.6
Stoke-on-Trent 5,255 5,465 96.1
Telford and Wrekin 3,710 4,020 92.3
Walsall 6,160 6,500 94.7
Warwickshire 10,430 11,340 92.0
Wolverhampton 5,465 5,710 95.7
Worcestershire 10,925 11,850 92.2
East of England 114,385 127,180 89.9
Bedfordshire 8,630 9,610 89.8
Cambridgeshire 11,360 13,045 87.1
Essex 26,420 30,005 88.0
Hertfordshire 23,995 25,420 94.4
Luton 5,135 5,565 92.3
Norfolk 14,750 16,330 90.3
Peterborough 4,005 4,250 94.2
Southend-on-Sea 3,455 3,740 92.3
Suffolk 13,245 15,380 86.1
Thurrock 3,385 3,830 88.4
London 171,805 193,210 88.9
Inner London( 1) 67,615 78,165 86.5
Camden 4,080 5,140 79.4
Hackney 5,685 6,930 82.0
Hammersmith and Fulham 3,590 4,030 89.1
Haringey 5,875 6,390 91.9
Islington 4,040 4,100 98:5
Kensington and Chelsea 2,515 4,110 61.2
Lambeth 6,390 7,285 87.7
Lewisham 5,680 6,475 87.7
Newham 7,735 8,410 92.0
Southwark 6,220 6,990 89.0
Tower Hamlets 6,020 6,710 89.7
Wandsworth 6,205 6.745 92.0
Westminster 3,470 4,735 73.3
Outer London 104,190 115,045 90.6
Barking and Dagenham 4,405 4,985 88.4
Barnet 7,295 8,550 85.3
Bexley 4,725 5,160 91.5
Brent 6,110 7,065 86.5
Bromley 6,215 6,960 89.3
Croydon 7,735 8,550 90.5
Ealing 7,225 7,680 94.1
Enfield 6,615 7,675 86.2
Greenwich 6,005 6,330 94.9
Harrow 4,325 5,280 81.9
Havering 4,495 4,850 92.6
Hillingdon 6,285 6,340 99.1
Hounslow 4,845 5,740 84.4
Kingston upon Thames 3,140 3,470 90.5
Merton 4,380 4,615 94.9
Redbridge 6,360 6,670 95.3
Richmond upon Thames 4,200 4,720 89.0
Sutton 3,810 4,010 95.0
Waltham Forest 6,025 6,395 94.2
Southeast 166,190 184,105 90.3
Bracknell Forest 2,380 2,660 89.4
Brighton and Hove 4,975 5,255 94.7
Buckinghamshire 10,840 11,550 93.9
East Sussex 8,760 10,075 87.0
Hampshire 24,450 27,490 88.9
Isle of Wight 2,2,10 2,510 88.0
Kent 27,675 31,215 88.7
Medway 5,710 6,235 91.6
Milton Keynes 5,525 6,005 92.0
Oxfordshire 13,170 14,345 91.8
Portsmouth 3,985 4,010 99.4
Reading 3,210 3,360 95.6
Slough 3,180 3,390 93.8
Southampton 4,210 4,550 92.5
Surrey 22,145 24,935 88.8
West Berkshire 3,065 3,475 88.2
West Sussex 14,515 16,340 88.8
Windsor and Maidenhead 2,930 3,220 91.0
Wokingham 3,240 3,485 92.9
Southwest 94,705 104,250 90.8
Bath and North East Somerset 3,135 3,370 93.0
Bournemouth 2,730 2,975 91.8
Bristol, City of 8,085 8,770 92.2
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 9,230 10,090 91.5
Devon 12,425 13,745 90,4
Dorset 6,615 7,385 89.6
Gloucestershire 10,950 12,170 90.0
North Somerset 3,770 4,225 89.2
Plymouth 4,915 5,180 94.9
Poole 2,410 2,760 87.3
Somerset 9,670 10,675 90.6
South Gloucestershire 5,120 5,695 89.9
Swindon 4,060 4,430 91.6
Torbay 2,385 2,625 90.8
Wiltshire 9,190 10,145 90.6
(1) Includes City of London

Notes:

1. A PTE place is equal to five sessions and can be filled by more than one child. A child who attends more than five sessions in any one provider is counted as doing five sessions.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

3. Rounding of components may cause discrepancies in totals.

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