Number of 2-year-olds taking up places is expressed as a percentage of the 2-year-old population eligible for a funded early education.
From September 2013, the entitlement to 15 hours of funded early education per week was extended to 2-year-olds where a parent meets certain benefits qualifying criteria, the child is looked after by a local authority or the child has special education needs or an educational and health care plan they get disability living allowance, or left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order.
See HM Government website for latest details of qualifying criteria
Early education helps to develop a child’s social skills, to build relationships and develop their own independence. Children learn to value and respect one and other and learn in an environment with other children.
The % of eligible 2 year old children in receipt of early education in Shropshire in 2018 was 72% which is the same rate as for England, lower than the statistical neighbour average of 80.5% and higher than the West Midlands rate of 68%.
Of those children receiving this service 97% were in attendance at providers rated as good or outstanding.