Children: Day Care:Written question - 7473

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Asked by Simon Danczuk
(Rochdale)
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Asked on: 15 July 2015
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will estimate the proportion of two year old children receiving their full entitlement of free childcare (a) nationally, (b) in each region, (c) in each socio economic group and (d) in each ethnic group.
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Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 20 July 2015

The early learning for two-year-olds programme was introduced in September 2013 for the benefit of 20% of the most disadvantaged children in England. In September 2014 the programme was expanded to 40% of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds in England. The taking up of a place is voluntary and parents can choose to use it as much or as little as they wish.

Local authorities reported that, at June 2015, the percentages of eligible 2-year-old children benefitting from funded early education places by region were as set out below:

Government Area

Regional take up figure

Regional take up percentage

East

15848

64.7%

East Midlands

13032

58.4%

London

24320

50.8%

North East

10536

74.4%

North West

28215

69.2%

South East

20405

63.9%

South West

14482

69.7%

West Midlands

19642

58.5%

Yorkshire and the Humber

20379

66.3%

Total and national take up

166,859

62.6%

The Department does not record information about the number of children taking up their entitlement by socio-economic group or ethnic group.

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