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Nursery Schools

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many nursery schools (a) opened and (b) closed in each of the last 10 years. (201853)

The number of maintained nursery schools notified to the Department as opening and closing in each of the last 10 years are provided in the following tables.

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Grand total

Opened

Total

2

1

2

3

2

1

0

3

1

0

0

15

Closed

Total

12

8

15

17

15

11

10

12

5

3

1

109

Source:

EduBase

Schools can be opened and closed for a number of reasons including: to meet demographic changes (population decline); as part of an amalgamation; to allow a Fresh Start school to replace a school in special measures; to allow a school with a religious character to replace a school without a religious character; or as part of another type of local reorganisation.

The number of child care places available in England since 1997 is shown in the following tables:

Table 1: Number1,2 of day care places for children under eight years of age by type England 1997 to 2002, position at 31 March each year

Type of provider

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

Day nurseries

193,800

223,000

247,700

264,200

285,100

n/a

Playgroups and pre-schools

383,700

383,600

347,200

353,100

330,200

n/a

Childminders

365,200

370,700

336,600

320,400

304,600

n/a

Out of school clubs

78,700

92,300

113,800

141,100

152,800

n/a

Holiday schemes3

209,000

256,500

435,200

490,400

550,400

n/a = not available

1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 if under 100, and to the nearest 100 if over 100.

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.

Table 2: Number1 of registered child care places for children under eight years of age by type of care, England 2003-07, position at 31 March each year

Type of care

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Full day care

381,600

456,300

518,000

565,700

598,700

Sessional day care

280,800

274,100

249,600

237,100

221,600

Childminders

300,900

319,700

316,100

322,200

317,700

Out of school day care

285,400

326,700

341,200

366,500

365,400

Crèche day care

32,700

38,900

43,400

46,300

47,700

1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 if under 100, and to the nearest 100 if over 100.

Source:

Ofsted

Local authorities were responsible for the registration and inspection of children's day care facilities until these responsibilities were transferred to Ofsted in September 2001. With the introduction of the National Day Care Standards and the transfer of responsibilities for registration and inspection of child care providers from local authority social service departments to Ofsted in September 2001, child care places were classified according to the type of provider.