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WAQ76441 (e) Tabled on 27/04/2018

How many children between the ages of three and four are in receipt of free part-time education in each local authority, and what percentage of all children in this age group does this account for?

Answered by Cabinet Secretary for Education Answered on 02/05/2018

Data is only routinely collected for pupils aged 3 attending a maintained school. The table below shows the number of pupils aged 3 in maintained schools from the Annual School Census to the mid year estimates of the population aged 3 produced by the Office for National Statistics. The data will vary between local authorities for the following reasons:

Most local authorities provide funding to settings outside the school sector for children aged under 5. Some children attend other, paid settings, for example private day nurseries, playgroups or childminders.

Provision for pupils aged under 5 may be on a part time or full time basis.

The table uses two different measures. The population estimates count pupils where they live and are estimates of the population at June 2016. The school census data are actual counts provided by the school and are correct as at January 2017. Some pupils will live in one authority but go to school in another authority and this explains why some of the percentages in the table in the table are greater than 100.

Table 1: Pupils aged 3 on roll in maintained schools as a % of the overall population aged 3

Pupil numbers as at January 2017, population numbers as at June 2016, all ages as at 31 August 2016

Local Authority FT pupils aged 3 PT pupils aged 3 Total pupils aged 3% Population aged 3 % of population in school PT % of population in school FT % of population in school
Isle of Anglesey 2 667 669 803 0.2 83.1 83.4
Gwynedd 0 1,155 1,155 1,286 0.0 89.8 89.8
Conwy 0 1,093 1,093 1,166 0.0 93.7 93.7
Denbighshire 3 1,089 1,092 1,082 0.3 100.7 101.0
Flintshire 7 1,601 1,608 1,734 0.4 92.3 92.7
Wrexham 1 1,574 1,575 1,693 0.1 93.0 93.1
Powys 678 181 859 1,277 53.1 14.2 67.3
Ceredigion 207 234 441 654 31.6 35.8 67.4
Pembrokeshire 418 637 1,055 1,253 33.4 50.8 84.2
Carmarthenshire 1,334 252 1,586 1,962 68.0 12.8 80.8
Swansea 0 2,523 2,523 2,671 0.0 94.5 94.5
Neath Port Talbot 1 1,423 1,424 1,520 0.1 93.6 93.7
Bridgend 1,538 15 1,553 1,639 93.8 0.9 94.8
Vale of Glamorgan 28 1,422 1,450 1,416 2.0 100.4 102.4
Rhondda Cynon Taf 1,871 856 2,727 2,846 65.7 30.1 95.8
Merthyr Tydfil 561 155 716 734 76.5 21.1 97.6
Caerphilly 273 1,799 2,072 2,104 13.0 85.5 98.5
Blaenau Gwent 65 701 766 795 8.2 88.2 96.3
Torfaen 37 849 886 1,100 3.4 77.2 80.5
Monmouthshire 0 406 406 906 0.0 44.8 44.8
Newport 35 1,584 1,619 1,988 1.8 79.7 81.5
Cardiff 0 3,842 3,842 4,433 0.0 86.7 86.7
Wales 7,059 24,058 31,117 35,060 20.1 68.6 88.8

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