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Source: Department for Education

Geographical Area: England

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: Local Authority breakdowns of these figures are available in the source publication.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description

Percentage of children under 5 taking part in early years education

Geographical coverage


Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


The percentage of children under 5 in early years education is defined as the percentage of children under 5 in funded early education provision, made up of the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors. For 2 year olds, population has been calculated using data supplied by DWP on the estimated eligible population, whilst for 3 and 4 year olds it has been calculated from the ONS population estimates.

Available disaggregations

The number of children in the relevant age group who participate in an organized learning programme is expressed as a percentage of the total population in the same age range.

Other information

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 08 October 2021
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Participation rate in organized learning (one year before the official primary entry age), by sex

Target name

By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre‐primary education so that they are ready for primary education

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

United Nations Education and Scientific Cultural Organisation - Institute of Statistics (UNESCO-UIS)

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Department for Education



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage


Link to data source Education provision - children under 5 years of age opens in a new window
Release date 23 July 2019
Next release


Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

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