Children: Day Care:Written question - 41694

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Asked by Mr Jamie Reed
(Copeland)
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Asked on: 04 July 2016
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) childcare places are available for three and four year olds and (b) eligible children there are in (i) England and (ii) Copeland constituency.
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Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 07 July 2016

The latest statistics providing the number of three and four year old children benefitting from some funded early education provision can be found online within Table 2LA at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/education-provision-children-under-5-years-of-age-january-2016

Figures are available at national and local authority level. Information at constituency level is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

All three and four year old children are entitled to a funded early education place. The proportion benefitting is calculated using population estimates[1] derived from mid-year estimates and projections provided by the Office for National Statistics. As at December 2015, the estimated number of three and four year old children in England was 1,412,500 and in Cumbria local authority was 10,300. The proportion of three and four year old children in receipt of some funded early education provision can be found online within Table 5LA at the link above.

Figures are available at national and local authority level. Information at constituency level is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

[1] Population estimates at lower geographic levels, such as local authority, are subject to a greater degree of error. In some cases, local authority take-up rates can exceed 100%. Therefore, take-up rates at local authority level should be treated with more caution than national take-up rates.

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