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The latest national statistics on Provision for Children Under Five Years of Age produced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families were released on 29th May 2008 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics AuthorityUK Statistics Authority

DCSF: Provision for Children Under Five Years of Age in England: January 2008

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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 per cent of the three year old population. The actual number of four year old children benefiting from some free early education was 98 per cent 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.
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Additional informationEXCEL (Provision for children under five years of age in England: January 2008 - National and Local Authority level tables.)
Reference IDSFR12/2008
Coverage Country England
Date Released29 May 2008
Main Category Children, Education and Skills
Sub CategoryPre-school learning    Click on subcategory link to see if there is later information
TypeStatistical First Release
ContactRyan Murray  ryan.murray@education.gsi.gov.uk  tel: 01325 735748
PreRelease AccessClick here
 Publication includes individual Local Authority informationPublication includes individual Local Authority information

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