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

6 Registrations by hours per week

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The proportion of registrations for government-funded early years provision by age, provider type, and number of funded hours per week. 

Unlike for the other data files, a child who has multiple registrations across different providers is counted for each separate registration, as opposed to only at the provider where they spend the majority of their time.

Data set details

Early years
Education provision: children under 5 years of age
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Percentage of registrations
  • Age and entitlement type
  • Provider type
  • Number of funded hours per week
Time period
2018 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotalTotalTotalTotal100
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotalTotalNurseryTotal70.2
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotalTotalNursery0.01 to 5.00 hours0.5
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotalTotalNursery5.01 to 10.00 hours2.4
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotalTotalNursery10.01 to 12.50 hours5.7

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
ageAge and entitlement type
hours_per_weekNumber of funded hours per week
percentage_registrationsPercentage of registrations
provider_typeProvider type


  1. A very small number of children under 5 years of age are registered in a higher year group than reception. This may be because the local authority has agreed it would be beneficial to the child, or for another reason. These children have been included in the reception category.
  2. This table reflects the percentage of registrations for funded entitlements rather than the percentage of individual children. Therefore, where a child is splitting their entitlement across multiple providers, each separate registration has been counted.
  3. Where a child takes their annual 15-hour entitlement flexibly over more than 38 weeks, the funded hours recorded in census week may underestimate the actual proportion of the entitlement taken annually, e.g. a child funded for 12 hours during census week may in fact be taking up the full 15-hour entitlement over more than 38 weeks.
  4. The percentages across all banded hours sum to 100%, although this may not be exact due to rounding.
  5. Registrations for the 30-hour entitlement by hours per week refer to the additional 15 hours on top of the 15-hour entitlement.
  6. 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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