% of eligible 2 year old children benefitting from funded education


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 2021 was 68%. This is a decrease from 77% in 2020. This reduction reflects decreases seen across all comparator groups.  England, 62% (68%), Statistical Neighbour average 69.7% (79.7%) West Midlands 59% (67%).

The 2021 decrease in the number and proportion of children registered to receive funded entitlements reflect the impact of COVID-19 uncertainty on supply (providers) and demand (parents) for early years provision in January 2021.

Of those children receiving this service 100% were in attendance at providers rated as good or outstanding.