Research and analysis

Maintained nursery schools: contribution to early years provision

Research on how local-authority-maintained nursery schools compare to other early years providers.

Applies to England


Maintained nursery schools (MNS) in the early years sector: role and contribution


This report analyses the delivery costs of maintained nursery schools (MNS) and other comparable providers.

It uses existing sources and new data to examine how MNS differ from other early years providers in terms of the:

  • quality of childcare offered
  • provision of additional and specialist services
Published 28 February 2019
Last updated 30 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. The weighting used for the statistics and analysis from the Early Years Providers Cost Study in this report was revised in April 2019 using data from the SCEYP 2018 to correct an issue in the original weighting based on the sampling frame.

  2. First published.