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Children: Day Care

Question for Department for Education

UIN 227683, tabled on 16 March 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of how many children aged three and four will receive 15 hours a week of free childcare in each of the next three years.

Answered on

19 March 2015

The Department for Education does not collect information at family level on three- or four-year-olds receiving funded early education. The number of children receiving funded early education is published in the statistical first release entitled 'Provision for under five years of age':

Under the current policy for three- and four-year-old children receiving 15 hours a week of free childcare, we estimate that the numbers of children will be: 890,000 in 2015, 910,000 in 2016, and 920,000 in 2017. There is inherent uncertainty in these estimates, given their link to population projections and parental decisions.

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