See the Methodology section for information on eligibility for funded early education.
Throughout the statistics publication, the first 15 hours of funded early education for 3- and 4-year-olds (the universal entitlement) is referred to as ‘funded early education’ and the additional 15 hours available to working parents of 3- and 4-year-olds is referred to as ‘extended funded early education’.
Number of eligible 2-year-olds
In January 2020, 69% of eligible 2-year-olds benefited from some funded early education, up from 68% in 2019. The number of children benefiting decreased from 148,800 in 2019 to 143,400 in 2020.
Number of 3- and 4-year-olds
In January 2020, 93% of 3- and 4-year-olds benefited from some funded early education, the same as last year. However, the number decreased by 5,600 from January 2019 to 1,271,500.
91% of 3-year-olds and 94% of the 4-year-olds benefited from some funded early education, each showing little change from January 2019.