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Pre-school Education

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) private and voluntary independent and (b) maintained day nurseries there were in each year since 1997. (211168)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on the ownership of child care provision. The estimated number and proportion of full day care providers by type of ownership, from 2001, is shown in the following table. Data for previous years are not available.

Ownership of full day care provision

2001

2003

2005

2006

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Private

6,300

81

7,700

78

6,750

59

8,300

65

Voluntary sector

400

5

900

9

2,300

20

3,000

24

Local authority

400

6

600

6

1,000

9

700

5

School/college

100

1

700

7

450

4

600

5

Other

700

9

400

4

750

6

300

2

Note:

Percentages may not sum to 100 per cent. due to rounding.