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

9 Number of children by ethnicity

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Number of children in receipt of government-funded early years provision by ethnicity, as reported on the early years census or school census.

Data set details

Early years
Education provision: children under 5 years of age
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Number of registered 2-year-olds
  • Number of registered 3 and 4-year-olds
  • Type of entitlement
  • Ethnicity
Time period
2018 to 2022

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England 15-hour entitlementEthnicityTotal1354071212226
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England 15-hour entitlementEthnicityWhite85362841303
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England 15-hour entitlementEthnicityMixed1060182589
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England 15-hour entitlementEthnicityAsian12246137517
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England 15-hour entitlementEthnicityBlack966358684

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
entitlement_typeType of entitlement
number_of_2_year_oldsNumber of registered 2-year-olds
number_of_3_4_year_oldsNumber of registered 3 and 4-year-olds


  1. Previously, Chinese children were included in the 'Other' category. Based on new guidance, we have revised the timeseries so Chinese children are now included in the 'Asian' category.
  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.
  3. The 'Unclassified' category describes cases where the child's ethnicity was refused or not obtained. These children are included in the 'Total' numbers.

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