HC Deb 18 July 1985 vol 83 c242W
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has as to the number and proportion of children entering school who have previously attended a pre-school playgroup.

Mr. Dunn

[pursuant to his oral reply, 21 May 1985, c. 853]: The figure of 33 per cent. quoted is an estimate of the places available at all playgroups in England, as a proportion of the total three and four-year-old population. Most children attend playgroups for fewer than the total number of sessions per week that are available. About 70 per cent. of playgroups are members of the Pre-school Playgroup Association, which estimates that, in 1984, 42 per cent. of all three and four-year-olds attended PPA playgroups.

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