Education: Children

Education written question – answered on 18th November 2010.

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Photo of Ann Coffey Ann Coffey Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the uptake was of early education places for three and four-year-olds in each local authority by children of households in each (a) family income and (b) employment category in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

holding answer 4 November 2010

Data on the take up of early education by three and four years by local authority area and by family income and employment category are not available.

The Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents collects information on the take-up of the entitlement to free early years provision by three and four years by family income and by family type and work status and allows for national level estimates to be made.

Table 1 shows the percentage of three and four-year-olds receiving the entitlement to free early years provision by family income in England in 2009.

Table 1: Receipt of the entitlement to free early years provision, by family income-Base: All eligible three and four-year-olds
Percentage
Family annual income (£) Received free hours (or attended school)
Under 10,000 79
10,000-19,999 80
20,000-29,999 87
30,000-44,999 91
45,000+ 95
Total 87

Table 2 shows the percentage of three and four-year-olds receiving the entitlement to free early years provision by family type and work status in England in 2009.

Table 2: Receipt of the entitlement to free early years provision, by family type and work status-Base: All eligible three and four-year-olds
Percentage
Family type and work status Received free hours (or attended school)
Couple families
Both working 91
One working 89
Neither working 76
Lone parents
Working 87
Not working 78
Total 87

Data on the take-up of free early education places by three and four-year-olds by local authority area are available in Table 5 of the Statistical First Release 'Provision for Children Under Five Years of Age in England-January 2010' at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000935/index.shtml

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