Figures for 2005 and 2006 are derived from the child level sample. Figures from 2007 are derived from the full child level collection, therefore confidence limits do not apply.
The figures for 2005 were derived from the aggregate collection. Figures for 2008 are derived from the full child level collection.
The table shows the percentage gap in achievement between the lowest 20 per cent of achieving children in a local authority (mean score), and the score of the median child in the same authority expressed as a percentage of the same median score.
In 2012 the number of free part-time early education places taken up by three and four year olds in maintained, private, voluntary and independent providers was 1,229,535 up from 1,027,970 in 2005.
In 2012 64% of children achieved at least 78 points across the Foundation Stage Profile with a least 6 in each of the scales Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication, Language and Literacy.
The gap in Foundation Stage Profile achievement between the lowest achieving quintile of children and the median child in England fell from 38.9% to 30.1% between 2005 and 2012.