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Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers

Daycare
Published: November 2018

The Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers is a major research project that produces official statistics about childcare and early years provision in England. It provides the Department for Education with the critical information needed to monitor and evaluate childcare and early years provision.

 

Publications

The main summary of findings and associated tables from the 2018 survey were published by the Department for Education (DfE) in November 2018. The main summary covers:

  • Overall figures on the number of childcare providers, registered places and spare capacity
  • Information about the childcare and early years workforce
  • The cost of providing childcare
  • Proportion of providers offering Funded Entitlement and Tax-Free childcare
  • Proportion of providers with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

A separate summary of Experimental Statistics covering LA Fees was also released in November 2018. This covers hourly fees by a range of demographics including child age, provider type, region and Local Authority.

We will keep this page updated as further research findings are published over the next few months.

Download the report which includes both summaries from the DfE below.

 

Methods

Data was collected for the main Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers via a telephone survey carried out between March and July 2018. 8,604 interviews were carried out in total with group-based providers, school-based providers and childminders. The questionnaire covered a variety of subjects such as:

  • Attendance and capacity
  • Staff-to-child ratios
  • Delivery of Government policies including funded entitlements and tax-free childcare
  • Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Staff qualifications and pay
  • The financial side of providing childcare such as costs, incomes and fees.

A short additional survey, which was delivered online and on paper, was conducted to provide robust fee and funding estimates at a local authority level (LA) by aggregating data collected across this and the main survey.

Download the report from the DfE