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Children: Day Care

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of child care (a) places and (b) providers (i) opened and (ii) closed in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by (A) the private, voluntary and independent sector and (B) the state sector. (125622)

[holding answer 6 March 2007]: The information requested about child care places and providers broken down by sector is not available.

The following tables provide information for all types of day care provider.

Table 1: Number and percentage of child care providers that have opened and closed 2004-06, England

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

March to December 2006

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Opened

21,200

22.9

18,500

20.1

16,500

17.3

12,100

12.6

Childminders

16,300

22.5

13,100

18.7

12,000

16.8

8,800

12.3

Full day care

2,500

22.7

2,800

23.2

2,300

17.5

1,700

12.4

Out of school

2,400

26.0

2,600

26.8

2,300

21.9

1,700

15.8

Closed

14,400

15.5

19,200

20.9

13,000

13.7

11,300

11.8

Childminders

12,100

16.7

15,300

21.8

10,300

14.4

8,800

12.3

Full day care

1,100

10.0

1,800

14.9

1,300

9.9

1,100

8.0

Out of school

1,200

13.0

2,200

22.7

1,500

14.3

1,400

13.0

Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 if under 100, and to the nearest 100 if over 100. Source: Ofsted.

Table 2: Number and percentage of child care places opened and closed 2004-06, England

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

March to December 2006

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Opened

238,600

21.6

254,100

21.6

214,800

17.1

157,400

12.2

Childminders

62,800

19.6

53,000

16.8

48,800

15.1

37,000

11.4

Full day care

98,600

21.6

117,600

22.7

90,900

16.1

68,400

11.5

Out of school

77,200

23.6

83,500

24.5

75,200

20.5

52,000

14.0

Closed

128,400

11.6

200,800

17.1

144,600

11.5

128,100

9.9

Childminders

50,400

15.8

63,000

19.9

44,800

13.9

37,900

11.7

Full day care

38,500

8.4

65,600

12.7

48,700

8.6

41,800

7.0

Out of school

39,500

12.1

72,200

21.2

51,100

13.9

48,500

13.1

Net steady state changes1

+24,600

2.2

+19,200

1.6

+8,900

0.7

+7,700

0.6

Childminders

+6,400

2.0

+6,300

2.0

+2,100

0.7

+2,200

0.7

Full day care

+14,600

3.2

+9,600

1.9

+5,600

1.0

+4,300

0.7

Out of school

+3,600

1.1

+3,300

1.0

+1,200

0.3

+1,100

0.3

Net change

+134,900

12.2

+72,600

6.2

+79,100

6.3

+36,900

2.9

1 The net steady state refers to registered providers whose registration status has not changed, but whose number of places has fluctuated over the period in question. Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 if under 100, and to the nearest 100 if over 100. Source: Ofsted.

The Department is unable to provide accurate details of closure rates for child care places and providers prior to 2003.

Since March 2003 data on closure rates have been available from Ofsted. Their data on closures include registered places in settings which are transferring ownership, and in settings which move from one Ofsted category to another, not just in those which are ceasing trading.

Ofsted have produced figures on the numbers of registered child care providers and places on a quarterly basis from March 2003. Their latest figures were published in their report “Registered Childcare Providers and Places, December 2006”, which is available on their website, www.Ofsted.gov.uk/

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many childcare places for children under five were available in Warrington in each year since 1997. (125796)

[holding answer 6 March 2007]: The available information on the number of registered child care places for children under eight in Warrington local authority area is shown in the tables. The latest figures on registered child care provider and places are available on the following website:

www.ofsted.gov.uk/

Table 1: Number1, 2 of registered child care places for children under eight years of age by type of care, Warrington, position at 31 March each year, 2003-06

Type of care

2003

2004

2005

2006

Full day care

2,100

2,700

2,700

2,800

Sessional day care

1,100

900

800

900

Child minders

1,900

1,800

1,600

1,700

Out-of-school day care

2,200

2,600

2,700

3,000

Crèche day care

200

200

300

300

1 Rounded to the nearest 100 places. 2 Data Source: Ofsted.

Table 2: Number1, 2 of day care places for children under eight years of age by type of provider, Warrington, position at 31 March each year, 1990-2002

Type of provider

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

Day nurseries

1,000

1,300

1,600

Playgroups and pre-schools

1,400

1,300

1,100

Child minders

2,700

2,400

1,300

Out-of-school clubs

660

900

990

Holiday schemes3

1,200

1,300

5,900

1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 or 100 places. 2 Data Source: Children's Day Care Facilities Survey. 3 From 1999, places were counted once for each school holiday. Before 1999, places were counted once each year. Note: — = Not available.