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

1B Percentage and number of children registered by provider type

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The percentage of children registered to receive government-funded early years provision. The numerator is the number of children, the denominator is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) estimate of eligible 2-year-olds or the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate of the population of 3-year-olds and/or 4-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 2-year-olds
  • Number of registered 2-year-olds
  • Percentage of eligible 2-year-old children registered
  • Type of provider
Time period
2018 to 2022

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementAll providers1354101883187258229564411590629939669900941212234131401692
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementAll private and voluntary providers108906188318583577626441155612339566990018481157131401637
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementChildminders62351883183163706441153439266990012076213140162
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementIndependent schools648188318~1180564411521307266990022487713140162
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementMaintained nursery and state-funded primary schools19386188318101938866441153047979166990072673677131401651

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 13 variables
Variable nameVariable description
2_year_old_populationDWP population estimate for 2-year-olds
3_4_year_old_populationONS population estimate for 3 and 4-year-olds
3_year_old_populationONS population estimate for 3-year-olds
4_year_old_populationONS population estimate for 4-year-olds
number_of_2_year_oldsNumber of registered 2-year-olds


  1. The 'Maintained nursery and state-funded primary schools' category is a combination of the 'Infant classes in state-funded primary schools', 'Nursery classes in state-funded primary schools' and 'Maintained nursery schools' sub-groups.
  2. Where provider type refers to nursery or infant classes, this is the type of class the child was present in on census day, which is distinct from their national curriculum year group.
  3. 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.
  4. The data submitted for Calderdale and the data submitted for Leicestershire in 2022 were undercounts due to error. Caution should be taken when comparing these figures with previous years.
  5. 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.
  6. The data submitted for Thurrock in 2021 was a significant undercount due to an error, and is therefore suppressed due to inaccuracy. National and regional totals include the original submitted data.
  7. The 2020 estimate of eligible 2-year-olds in Suffolk was approximately 600 lower than the correct figure due to an error. Therefore, the take-up rate amongst eligible 2-year-olds in Suffolk local authority is not comparable for 2020.
  8. 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.

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