Official Statistics

Childcare and early years providers survey: 2010

This report covers the latest findings from the Department for Education's regular survey of childcare and early years providers.



Reference Id: OSR17/2011

Publication Type: Statistical Release

Publication data: Pre-release access data

Region: England

Release Date: 28 September 2011

Coverage status: Final

Publication Status: Published

The 2010 childcare and early years providers survey is the latest report in a series of surveys that began in 1998. The 2010 report provides information on the key characteristics of childcare and early years provision and the early years workforce across the public, private and voluntary sectors. This includes information on: provider characteristics; number of places and children attending; staff characteristics; qualifications of staff; training; recruitment and retention; income and expenditure.

Key breakdowns are by types of providers, region, and levels of deprivation.

Where appropriate, comparisons are made with previous waves of the survey, largely the 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 waves.

Key findings from the survey:

  • In 2010 the survey recorded 105,100 providers of childcare and early years education, of which 15,700 were early years providers in maintained schools and 89,500 were childcare providers.
  • The long-term decrease in the number of active childminders continued in 2010 and the total now stands at 47,400. This marks a decrease of 7% since 2009 (in contrast to the other types of childcare provider whose numbers increased in 2010).
  • In 2010, there were an estimated 440,800 vacancies across all types of provider. Around a quarter of these (28%) were to be found in full day care settings, where there were 122,700 vacancies.
  • With the exception of sessional providers, there has been an increase in the estimated number of paid and unpaid staff working in all types of childcare settings since 2005, and the estimated total across all types of setting now stands at 434,100.
  • The large majority of staff in group-based childcare settings had a relevant qualification at level 3 (76%) in 2010. This is a significant increase from the figure of 65% in 2007 and marks progress from the 2009 figure of 73%. The proportion of childminders with a level 3 qualification had also increased, from 41% in 2007 to 54% in 2010.
  • In general there was little evidence that the financial situation of most types of provider had deteriorated in 2010. Two thirds (66%) of full day care providers and three quarters (74%) of sessional providers reported that they had either made a profit or covered their costs in the previous financial year.

Maura Lantrua
0114 274 2064

Published 28 September 2011