Pre-school Education: West Midlands

Education written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many nursery places per head of population there were in the West Midlands in each of the last 10 years.

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

holding answer 28 June 2012

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 26 June 2012

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 1 September 2008, Ofsted changed the way it registered providers and recorded the availability of child care places. Data has been presented separately for periods before and after this change, as these data are not directly comparable.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Sarah Teather MP, Minister of State for Children and Families, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.

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)
31 March        
2003 111,500 0.2965 3.37
2004 121,400 0.3228 3.10
2005 125,300 376,097 0.3332 3.00
2006 133,000 379,760 0.3502 2.86
2007 135,600 388,132 0.3494 2.86
2008 137,500 399,151 0.3445 2.90
(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

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