§ Mr. Rathbone
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the number and percentage of three to four-year-olds having some form of pre-school education in the private, maintained or voluntary sector.
§ Mr. Dunn
The number and percentage of three and four year olds in England in January 1986 who were having pre-school education in the private or maintained sectors are given below. Information on pre-school education in the voluntary sector is not collected centrally.
Pupils aged 3 and 41 Percentage2 Private Sector3 28,643 2 Maintained Sector4 482,760 41 Total 511,403 43
1Full and part-time pupils. Ages at January 1986.
2Pupil numbers expressed as a percentage of the estimated 3 and31W
4 year old population.
3Non-maintained nursery and independent schools. Non-maintained special schools excluded.
4Maintained nursery and primary schools. Maintained special schools excluded.