Data set from Education provision: children under 5 years of age

1C National percentage of children registered

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National time series of take-up amongst eligible two-year olds from 2015, and amongst three- and four-year-olds of the universal entitlement from 2011. 

Data set details

Early years
Education provision: children under 5 years of age
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Percentage of eligible 2-year-old children registered
  • Percentage of 3-year-old children registered
  • Percentage of 4-year-old children registered
Time period
2011 to 2022

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Reporting year2022NationalE92000001England72909492
Reporting year2021NationalE92000001England62879390
Reporting year2020NationalE92000001England69919593
Reporting year2019NationalE92000001England68929593
Reporting year2018NationalE92000001England72929594

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
percentage_of_2_year_oldsPercentage of eligible 2-year-old children registered
percentage_of_3_4_year_oldsPercentage of 3 and 4-year-old children registered
percentage_of_3_year_oldsPercentage of 3-year-old children registered
percentage_of_4_year_oldsPercentage of 4-year-old children registered


  1. The estimated number of eligible 2-year-olds is derived from data supplied by the Department for Work and Pensions each November. It represents the best data available on the number of children meeting the benefit and tax credit eligibility criteria.
  2. Data collected in 2021 (and to a lesser extent 2022) was affected by the impact of COVID-19 uncertainty on providers and parents. Further information is available in the methodology note.

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