Research and analysis

Childcare and early years providers survey 2010

This report outlines the whole childcare and early years sector, highlighting the similarities and differences between types of provider.


There is a large body of evidence showing that high quality early education and childcare is associated with improved educational outcomes for children. These improvements are particularly likely to be substantial and long-lasting for disadvantaged children.

Access to childcare services is also a key facilitator of parental employment, particularly for mothers (who are still mainly responsible for child rearing), giving them more choice over the timing of their return to work, as well as the range employment options open to them. If mothers work while their children are young, they can avoid many of the penalties associated with long breaks from employment.

The DfE needs robust information on the key characteristics of childcare provision in the early years and childcare sector, as well as information on its workforce and the cost of childcare, in order to monitor what provision is available and to inform policy development in this area.

The department commissioned TNS-BMRB to conduct surveys collecting information about childcare and early years provision across England in 2010. In this report the survey findings are drawn together to provide an overview of the whole childcare and early years sector, as well as highlighting similarities and differences between specific types of provider.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Characteristics of provision
  • Places and attendance
  • Workforce composition
  • Qualifications
  • Training
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Income and expenditure
  • Appendices

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