HC Deb 16 July 1981 vol 8 c464W
Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of (a) 3-year-olds and (b) 4-year-olds receive nursery education in England.

Dr. Boyson

The latest available information is as follows:

Proportion of the population in maintained nursery and primary schools in England in January 1980
Nursery classes only Per cent. Nursery and infant classes Per cent.
Age at 31 August 1979
3 years 26.2 26.5
4 years* 12.6 67.5
* Including only those who were still four years of age on 31 December 1979.