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Children: Day Care

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) childcarers in daycare settings and (b) childminders in (i) Basingstoke constituency, (ii) Hampshire and (ii) England were male in each year since 1997. (197482)

The 2006 Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey estimated that the average proportion of male staff working in full day care settings in England was 2 per cent. In total, there were 2,500 male staff working in full day care settings in England. In 2006, 2 per cent. of childminders working in England were male, approximately 1,200 individuals. Data for each year available are shown in the following table.

Table: Male staff working in full day care settings or as childminders in England

Full day care

Childminders

Average proportion of male staff per setting (percentage)

Total number of male staff

Proportion of childminders (percentage)

Total number of male childminders

1998

0.5

470

2001

2

1,900

1

400

2003

2

2,000

1

800

2005

2

2,500

2

1,000

2006

2

2,500

2

1,200

Note:

Different definitions of childcare providers were used in the 1998 survey; it is not possible to provide comparable figures on full day care staff for this year.

Data are not available at a local authority level.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) male and (b) female childminders were classified as from socio-economic backgrounds (i) 1 to 3 and (ii) 4 to 8 in each year since 1997; (197483)

(2) how many and what proportion of (a) male and (b) female childcarers who work in daycare settings were classified as from socio-economic background (i) 1 to 3 and (ii) 4 to 8 in each year since 1997.

The Childcare and Early Years Providers survey collects information on the key characteristics of child care and early years provision and the workforce in the different types of settings. However, the socio-economic classification of child minders and carers working in day care settings is not asked in this survey, and is not collected centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) male and (b) female childminders were (i) white and (ii) black and minority ethnic persons in each year since 1997; (197484)

(2) how many and what proportion of (a) male and (b) female childcarers in daycare settings were (i) white and (ii) black and minority ethnic persons in each year since 1997.

The 2006 Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey estimated that 6 per cent. of childminders working in England were from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, a total of 3,000 individuals. The average proportion of staff from a BME background working in full day care settings in England was 9 per cent. In total, there were 13,000 BME staff working in full day care settings in England.

Data for each year available are shown in the following table.

Table: Ethnicity of staff working in full day care settings or as childminders in England

2001

2003

2005

2006

Full day care

Average proportion of BME staff per setting (percentage)

8

8

10

9

Average proportion of staff per setting not from a BME group (percentage)

92

92

90

91

Total number of BME staff

7,500

8,800

13,550

13,000

Total number of staff not from a BME group

86,800

102,300

119,100

130,100

Childminders

Proportion of BME childminders (percentage)

11

13

7

6

Proportion of childminders not from a BME group (percentage)

89

86

92

93

Total number of BME childminders

8,100

9,500

4,000

3,600

Total number of childminders not from a BME group

64,100

63,100

53,200

53,800

Note: Full day care figures for 2005 and 2006 on the average proportion of staff per setting not from a BME group and the total number of staff not from a BME group have been estimated using the figures for staff from a BME group and the overall number of paid staff.

Data on the ethnicity of male and female childminders and full day care staff are not available.