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

1 Children registered and take-up rates

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Number and percentage of eligible children registered for government-funded early years provision by age. 

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
  • Estimate of eligible children
  • Estimated percentage of eligible children registered
  • Age
Time period
2018 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotal1320242144407091.4
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlement2-year-olds12421116797673.9
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlement3-year-olds57688662739591.9
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlement4-year-olds61914564869995.4
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlement3 and 4-year-olds1196031127609493.7

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
number_childrenNumber of registered children
number_eligible_childrenEstimate of eligible children
percentage_eligible_childrenEstimated percentage of eligible children registered


  1. 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.
  2. Population estimates for 3 and 4-year-olds from 2013 onwards are likely overestimates to some extent, and therefore the derived take-up rates are likely underestimates. Therefore the 3 and 4-year-old take-up rates need to be treated with caution. The population estimates and take-up rates back to 2013 will be revised in the 2024 release following ONS publication of a full and consistent timeseries based on Census 2021 population data. See methodology for more information.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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