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.
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': https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-childcare-and-early-years
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.