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

2 Percentage of children by hours per week

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The proportion of children in government-funded early years provision by number of funded hours received.

Data set details

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

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementAll providers0.01 to 5.00 hours0.40.80.3
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementAll providers5.01 to 10.00 hours4.33.60.9
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementAll providers10.01 to 12.50 hours6.78.92.6
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementAll providers12.51 to 15.00 hours88.686.632.4
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementAll providers15.01 to 25.00 hourszz63.8

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 6 variables
Variable nameVariable description
entitlement_typeType of entitlement
funded_hoursFunded hours band
percentage_of_2_year_oldsPercentage of registered 2-year-olds
percentage_of_3_year_oldsPercentage of registered 3-year-olds
percentage_of_4_year_oldsPercentage of registered 4-year-olds


  1. 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.
  2. The percentages across all banded hours sum to 100%, although this may not be exact due to rounding.
  3. Any child attending more than one provider may have been counted twice.
  4. 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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