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

5 Children registered by Ofsted judgement at provider

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Number of children registered for government-funded early years provision by age, year group and provider's Ofsted inspection judgement. 

Data set details

Early years
Education provision: children under 5 years of age
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Number of registered children
  • Percentage of registered children
  • Entitlement type and year group
  • Age
  • Ofsted inspection judgement
Time period
2018 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotalTotalTotal1320242z
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotalMatchedTotal1226457100
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotalMatchedOutstanding24982120.4
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotalMatchedGood90412473.7
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotalMatchedRequires improvement556364.5

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 5 variables
Variable nameVariable description
number_childrenNumber of registered children
ofsted_judgementOfsted inspection judgement
percentage_childrenPercentage of registered children
year_groupEntitlement type and year group


  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. Percentages are based upon those providers with a matched and identified Ofsted judgement (i.e., excludes 'No match found'). The four available judgements sum to 100% (may not be exact due to rounding).
  3. Children attending a general hospital school and a small number of children attending a special school do not follow the national curriculum. These children are included in totals but not breakdowns by year group.
  4. Where children under 4 years of age are recorded as in reception, this may be because they attend a school with a two-year reception class or other mixed-year class, because the local authority has agreed it would be beneficial to start reception year early, or for another reason.
  5. 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.
  6. 'No match found' includes independent schools who are not required to register with Ofsted and academy converters who have not yet been inspected under their new status. These are included as a proportion of the 'Total' numbers, based on the total number of children registered for government-funded early years provision at these providers.
  7. Statutory guidance advises local authorities not to fund provision judged requires improvement or inadequate for eligible 2-year-olds unless sufficient, accessible provision judged good or outstanding is not available.
  8. 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.
  9. In some years, data for a small number of local authorities is of low reliability due to error. See methodology for more details.

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