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Children: Day Care

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average age of (a) childcarers in maintained nurseries, (b) childcarers in private, voluntary and independent nurseries and (c) childminders was in each year since 1997. (204842)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information about the age of staff working in full day care provision and the age of childminders. The 2006 figures on the percentage of full day care staff in each age group, by the ownership of the provision, are shown in Table 1. Data for previous years are not available.

Table 1: Age of all paid staff in full day care providers, by ownership of provision, 2006

Percentage

Private

Voluntary

Local authority

School/college

Other

16 to 19

6

2

2

1

3

20 to 24

28

13

12

13

26

25 to 29

24

12

18

21

25

30 to 39

18

28

28

25

22

40 to 49

14

30

24

21

14

50 and over

8

14

14

17

8

Note:

Percentages may not sum to 100 per cent due to rounding, ‘don't know’ responses and refusals to answer the question.

Table 2 shows the percentage of childminders in each age group, for each year available.

Table 2: Age of childminders

Percentage

2003

2005

2006

20 to 39

48

45

43

40 to 49

34

37

35

50 and over

18

18

22

Note:

Percentages may not sum to 100 per cent due to rounding, ‘don't know’ responses and refusals to answer the question.