This information is held by Ofsted. The chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has written to the hon. Member and copies of his reply have been placed in the House Libraries.
Letter from Sir Michael Wilshaw, dated
Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for response.
The information you require is presented in Tables A and B below.
At the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage on
|Table A: Nursery places per head of population in the West Midlands between 2003 and 2008|
|Date||Nursery places West Midlands (1,2,3)||Population in the West Midlands aged five and under (4)||Child care places per child age five and under (5)||Children aged 5 and under per child care place (5)|
|(1) Source: Ofsted registration data. (2 )Number of places relates to providers of full, sessional, out of school and crèche day care. (3) Individual providers may provide, multiple types of day care. For these, data relate to the sum of the places available for each type of day care, which may be greater than the number of places available at any one point in time. (4) Source: ONS population estimates for each year 2003-10: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-releases.html?definition=tcm:77-22371 (5) Estimates of population of children aged 5 and under are not available for 2003 and 2004 so data for 2005 have been used in calculations.|
|Table B: Nursery places per head of population in the West Midlands between 2009 and 2012|
|Date||Nursery places West Midlands (1,2,3)||Population in the West Midlands aged 5 and under (5,6)||Child care places per child age 5 and under (5)||Children aged 5 and under per child care place (5)|
|30 June 2009(4)||109,773||408,059||0.2690||3.72|
|31 March 2010||108,431||414,011||0.2619||3.82|
|31 March 2011||107,229||—||0.2590||3,86|
|31 March 2012||106,971||—||0.2584||3.87|
|(1 ) Source: Ofsted registration data. (2 )Number of places relates to providers of child care on non-domestic premises. (3 )For providers only on the Early Years Register, data relate to places available for children aged from birth until the 31 August following their fifth birthday. Where providers are also on the compulsory part of the Childcare Register, data relate to places available to children up to eight years old. (4) Data covering child care places as at 31 March 2009 are not available. Data as at 30 June 2009 have been used instead. (5 )20l0 is the most recent year for which population estimates are available. These have been used in calculations for subsequent years. (6 ) Source: ONS population estimates for each year 2003-l0. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-releases.html?definition=tcm:77-22371|