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:
Regional take up figure
Regional take up percentage
Yorkshire and the Humber
Total and national take up
The Department does not record information about the number of children taking up their entitlement by socio-economic group or ethnic group.