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Nurseries: Vacancies

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of trends in the level of staff vacancies in (a) maintained and (b) private voluntary and independent nurseries since 1997. (204139)

The 2006 Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey estimated that there was a total of 10,400 vacancies in childcare providers (full day care, sessional care and out of school clubs).

The percentage of settings recruiting for none, one, two and three or more vacancies, by type of ownership is shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Percentage of providers trying to recruit staff, by type of provision and ownership, 2006

Private

Voluntary

Number of vacancies

None

1

2

3+

None

1

2

3+

Full day care

Senior Manager

86

13

<0.5

0

88

12

0

0

Supervisory staff

42

44

10

3

49

46

5

0

Other paid childcare staff

51

34

11

4

43

42

13

1

Sessional

Senior Manager

1

1

1

1

86

14

0

0

Supervisory staff

1

1

1

1

55

41

5

0

Other paid childcare staff

1

1

1

1

41

40

19

0

Out of school clubs

Senior Manager

82

16

0

0

84

14

1

0

Supervisory staff

49

24

18

4

51

41

4

4

Other paid childcare staff

43

34

14

3

43

28

18

10

1 Data not included due to a very low base size. Notes: 1. Figures on numbers of vacancies being recruited for in providers under local authority, school/college or other types of ownership are not shown due to very low base sizes. 2. Percentages may not sum to 100 per cent due to rounding and 'don't know' responses.

Data on numbers of vacancies being recruited for in providers under local authority, school/college or other types of ownership are not available due to very low base sizes.

Figures for previous years are not available.