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

Percentage Take-Up and Number of Children Registered by Age and Provider Type

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The percentage of children benefiting from funded early education places. The numerator is the number of children, the denominator is the DWP estimate of eligible two-year-olds or the ONS estimate of the population of three-year-olds and four-year-olds. 

Data set details

Early years
Education provision: children under 5 years of age
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • DWP population estimate for two-year-olds.
  • Number of four-year-olds
  • Number of three and four-year-olds
  • Type of provider
Time period
2018 to 2021

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandFunded entitlementAll providers1245432015626257484566451587637146686773931211991135128890
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandFunded entitlementPrivate and voluntary providers100794201562503530896645155312285368677318475942135128835
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandFunded entitlementChildminders62432015623178096645153508468677312289313512882
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandFunded entitlementIndependent schools595201562-1157166451521320468677322477513512882
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandFunded entitlementMaintained nursery and state-funded primary schools1674920156281898966645152948674968677371676645135128850

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 14 variables
Variable nameVariable description
2_year_old_populationDWP population estimate for two-year-olds.
3_4_year_old_populationONS population estimate for three and four-year-olds.
3_year_old_populationONS population estimate for three-year-olds.
4_year_old_populationONS population estimate for four-year-olds.
entitlement_typeType of entitlement: Funded entitlement


  1. Children who split their entitlement across more than one Private, Voluntary or Independent provider are only counted at the provider where they spend the majority of their time.
  2. The estimated number of eligible two-year-olds children 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. Since 2019 it includes universal credit recipients. Caution should be exercised when comparing across time and/or local authorities.
  3. “Maintained Nursery and State-funded primary schools" are a combination of the "Infant classes in primary schools", "Nursery classes in primary schools" and "Nursery schools" sub-groups.
  4. Population estimates of three and four-year-olds are revised annually. Take-up rates may differ from previously published figures.
  5. 2021 is the first year of data covering COVID-19, collected during January's national lockdown. A higher proportion of children recorded as registered to receive early education entitlements will have been temporarily absent during census week itself than previous years.

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