• nearly 3,000  Sure start Children’s Centres opened, reaching 2 million children and their families
  • over 42,400 more teachers and 123,000 more teaching assistants than in 1997
  • there have been approximately 3,700 rebuilt and significantly refurbished schools; including new and improved classrooms, laboratories and kitchens
  • a free nursery place for every three and four year old
  • doubled the number of registered childcare places to more than 1.5 million – one for every four children under eight years old
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