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Pre-school Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 52947, tabled on 15 November 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children (a) with special education needs, (b) in care and (c) on a child protection plan attend (i) maintained nursery schools, (ii) nursery classes and (iii) private, voluntary and independent early years provision.

Answered on

18 November 2016

The department does not hold data to be able to fully respond to this question. The number and percentage of 2-, 3- and 4-year-old children benefitting from funded early education broken down by Special Needs provision and type of provision can be found in Table 17LA of the Statistical First Release, Provision for children under five at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/education-provision-children-under-5-years-of-age-january-2016.

The number and percentage of 2-, 3- and 4-year-old children benefitting from funded early education by Special Needs provision by type of provider, in England as at January 2016 is set out in the table below:

2-year-olds

Total children

Children with statements or Education, Health and Care plans

Children with SEN support2

Total children with SEN

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

ENGLAND

166,910

996

0.6

4,088

2.4

5,084

3.0

Maintained settings

14,959

54

0.4

920

6.2

974

6.5

Private, Voluntary and Independent settings

151,951

942

0.6

3,168

2.1

4,110

2.7

3- and 4-year-olds

Total children

Children with statements or Education, Health and Care plans

Children with SEN support2

Total children with SEN

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

ENGLAND

1,339,359

9,552

0.7

70,381

5.3

79,933

6.0

Maintained settings

773,639

7,327

0.9

58,218

7.5

65,545

8.5

Private, Voluntary and Independent settings

565,720

2,225

0.4

12,163

2.2

14,388

2.5

Source: Early Years Census (EYC), School Census (SC)

(1) Count of children aged 2, 3 and 4 at 31 December in the previous calendar year, excluding those at pupil referral units or general hospital schools.

(2) From 2015 SEN support replaced School Action and School Action Plus.

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