Statistics on provision for children under five are published as 'Provision for Children Under Five Years of Age in England: January 2008' and include data on the numbers of three and four year old children benefiting from some free early years education.

The latest statistics are for January 2008 and update those previously released on 31 May 2007.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • In January 2008 the number of three and four year olds benefiting from some free early education (where children are counted twice if they take up free provision at two different providers) was 1,160,400 children, which is an increase on the 2007 figure of 1,126,100 children.
  • For the first time, as child level data was collected in January 2008, the release shows the actual numbers of three and four year olds benefiting from some free early education; children are counted once even if they take up free provision at more than one provider. The actual number of three and four year olds benefiting from some free early education was 1,136,300 children
  • The actual number of three year olds benefiting from some free early education was 92% of the three year old population. The actual number of four year old children benefiting from some free early education was 98% of the four year old population.
  • The part time equivalent (PTE) number of funded places filled by both three and four year olds has increased since 2007.
  • The PTE number of free early education places taken up by three year olds in the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors was 87 per 100 three year old children. The equivalent figure for four year old children is 97 per 100 children.

Contact details

Ryan Murray
Telephone: 01325 735748
Email: Ryan.Murray@education.gsi.gov.uk