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

National Percentage Take-Up By Age (2011 to 2021)

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National time series of take-up amongst eligible two-year olds from 2015, and amongst three- and four-year-olds of the universal entitlement from 2011. 

Data set details

Early years
Education provision: children under 5 years of age
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Percentage of 3 and 4-year-olds registered
  • Percentage of 3-year-olds registered
  • Percentage of 4-year-olds registered
Time period
2011 to 2021

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Reporting year2021NationalE92000001England62879390
Reporting year2020NationalE92000001England69919593
Reporting year2019NationalE92000001England68929593
Reporting year2018NationalE92000001England72929594
Reporting year2017NationalE92000001England71939594

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
%_of_2yo_registeredPercentage of eligible 2-year-olds registered
%_of_3_&_4_yo_registeredPercentage of 3 and 4-year-olds registered
%_of_3yo_registeredPercentage of 3-year-olds registered
%_of_4yo_registeredPercentage of 4-year-olds registered


  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. The estimated number of eligible two-year-olds children 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. Since 2019 it includes universal credit recipients. Caution should be exercised when comparing across time and/or local authorities.
  3. Population estimates of three and four-year-olds are revised annually. Take-up rates may differ from previously published figures.
  4. 2021 is the first year of data covering COVID-19, collected during January's national lockdown. A higher proportion of children recorded as registered to receive early education entitlements will have been temporarily absent during census week itself than previous years.

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