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zero 14 plus Devon Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership Childcare Audit Enquiry Name of Enquirer: Fran Butler Geographical Area: Cullompton parish thDate of assessment: 12 April 2005 This assessment of early years education provision in Cullompton is based on information from the Devon EYDCP audit, Management Information Services for DCC EAL Directorate and Corporate Information Services for DCC. Demographic information The number of children aged 0-4 years in each area has been derived from Primary Care Trust (PCT) Child Health Unit data, February 2005. Table 1 shows the position within the area. Figures are provided by single year cohort from under one year of age to four years. There are a number of factors affecting the population of children: • Future housing developments in the area. There are 420 dwellings committed on two sites to the north of Cullompton up to 2006, of which 190 are already built. A further 400 dwellings are planned on another site to the west of Cullompton. Development on this scale has already had a notable impact on the birth rate, and will continue to do so over the next few years. • Birth rate variations The birth rate in Devon is in general decline. The birth rate in the area under consideration shows a decline up to 2003, and an increase in 2004. Table 1: Projected population of children aged 0-4 years by age Year Less than 1 year 1 year 2 years 3 years 4 years 2004 99 ...
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Devon Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership
Childcare Audit Enquiry
Name of Enquirer
:
Fran Butler
Geographical Area:
Cullompton parish
Date of assessment:
12
th
April 2005
This assessment of early years education provision in Cullompton is based on information
from the Devon EYDCP audit, Management Information Services for DCC EAL Directorate
and Corporate Information Services for DCC.
Demographic information
The number of children aged 0-4 years in each area has been derived from Primary Care
Trust (PCT) Child Health Unit data, February 2005. Table 1 shows the position within the
area. Figures are provided by single year cohort from under one year of age to four years.
There are a number of factors affecting the population of children:
Future housing developments in the area.
There are 420 dwellings committed on two sites to the north of Cullompton up to 2006, of
which 190 are already built. A further 400 dwellings are planned on another site to the west
of Cullompton. Development on this scale has already had a notable impact on the birth
rate, and will continue to do so over the next few years.
Birth rate variations
The birth rate in Devon is in general decline. The birth rate in the area under consideration
shows a decline up to 2003, and an increase in 2004.
Table 1: Projected population of children aged 0-4 years by age
Year
Less than 1 year
1 year
2 years
3 years
4 years
2004
99
93
90
88
96
2005
100
100
94
91
89
2006
101
101
101
95
92
2007
103
103
103
103
97
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Early Years Education Provision 2004 - 2007
The assessment of part-time places needed in the maintained school, private and voluntary
early education sector in the area
is based on the population of three and four-year olds,
after the subtraction of 36 four year olds, resident in the defined area, who are projected to
be attending full-time in the maintained school sector. It assumes a 100% take-up of four-
year olds and three-year olds of five 2.5 hour sessions per week in the private, voluntary
and maintained sector. No allowance has been made for the number of three and four year
olds who receive their early years education outside of the area.
The following private and voluntary settings and maintained schools have been included in
the assessment.
Private and Voluntary
ABC Day Nursery, offering 7 FTEs
Cullompton Pre-school, offering 21 FTEs
Noah’s Ark Playgroup, offering 16.2 FTEs
Teddy Bear Pre-school, offering 7.2 FTEs
Young Ones Day Nursery, offering 7 FTEs
1 accredited childminder, offering 1 FTE
Maintained (Autumn term 2004)
St Andrews Primary School, offering 15 places for four-year-olds full-time
Willowbank Primary School, offering 10 places for four-year-olds full-time
Table 2: Number of early education places needed, 2004-2007
Actual Projections
2004
2005
2006
2007
Number of 4 year-olds
96
89
92
97
Number of 3 year-olds
88
91
95
103
Full time (Autumn term 2004)
Maintained sector
Number of 4 year olds
36
41
38
40
Part-time
Maintained, voluntary and private sector
Number of 4 year olds
60
48
54
57
Number of 3 year-olds
88
91
95
103
Total number of 3 and 4 year olds
148
139
149
160
FTEs needed
1
73.9
69.4
74.3
80.2
FTEs available currently
59.4
59.4
59.4
59.4
Shortfall of FTEs
-14.5
-10.0
-14.9
-20.8
Places needed
148
139
149
160
Places available currently
119
119
119
119
Shortfall of places
-29
-20
-30
-42
1
Assuming 100% take-up of four-year-olds, 100% take-up of three-year-olds
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Movement across boundaries
Table 3: Movements of three-and four-year-olds in the defined area, Autumn term
2004.
Children resident in the area
Accessing
provision in
the area
Accessing
provision
outside the
area
Children NOT
resident in the
area, accessing
provision in the
area
Net
attendees
NEG funded three-year-olds
76
22
24
100
NEG funded four-year-olds
45
10
11
56
PLASC three-year-olds
0
0
0
0
PLASC four-year-olds
0
0
0
0
Four-year-olds in school full-time
25
17
0
25
Table 3 summarises a study of the NEG funded children and children attending maintained
schools, living or accessing an early education place in the defined area. It shows that of
the 148 resident three- and four-year-olds not in school full-time, 121 children (82%) are
accessing an early education place in the catchment area. A further 32 children (22%) travel
to provision outside the defined area. A total of 35 children travel into the defined area from
elsewhere to access an early education place. This gives a net inflow of 3 children.
The day nurseries are operating at around 70% occupancy, probably due to a proportion of
three- and four-year-olds staying at the nursery for a full day, and the three pre-schools are
operating at over 100% occupancy. As with nearby Willand, many of the children travelling
out of the town are likely to be accessing places at settings close to preferred schools, or on
a parent’s route to work.
The main feeder pre-schools for St Andrews Primary School are Noah’s Ark Playgroup and
Cullompton Pre-school, which are both full. Cullompton Pre-school is also the main feeder
pre-school for Willowbank Primary School.
Summary
The collected data shows a considerable shortfall in early education places in Cullompton,
which is borne out by the attendance figures for the early education settings in the parish.
This shortfall is projected to increase significantly with the housing still to be built to the
north and west of the town.
Full details are not yet available for the housing development to the west of Cullompton, but
it is expected that there will be approximately 400 dwellings, and its proximity to the St
Andrews Primary School will create pressure for places both there and at the feeder pre-
schools.
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