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Children: Day Care

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many childcare places of each type (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 2003; (228897)

(2) how many (a) after-school facilities and (b) holiday clubs have closed in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) in each quarter of the last three years;

(3) how many (a) after-school facilities and (b) holiday clubs have opened in each of the last 10 years;

(4) how many (a) after-school and (b) holiday club places for children have opened in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) each quarter of the last three years.

Ofsted do not separately identify after-school facilities and holiday clubs, these are included in the Out of School Day Care category. The available information is shown in the tables.

Number and percentage of childcare places that have opened and closed1: Position as at 31 March each year, England

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Opened

238,600

21.6

254,100

21.6

212,800

17.0

198,400

15.5

188,300

14.6

Childminders

62,800

19.6

53,000

16.8

48,800

15.1

47,500

14.9

40,300

13.5

Full Daycare

98,600

21.6

117,600

22.7

89,900

15.9

85,500

14.3

83,400

13.4

Out of school2

77,200

23.6

83,500

24.5

74,200

20.2

85,400

17.9

64,600

17.5

Closed

128,400

11.6

200,800

17.1

147,600

11.8

180,200

14.1

190,400

14.8

Childminders

50,400

15.8

63,000

19.9

44,800

13.9

54,800

17.3

63,000

21.1

Full Daycare

38,500

8.4

65,600

12.7

50,000

8.8

57,700

9.6

64,700

10.4

Out of school2

39,400

12.1

72,200

21.2

52,700

14.4

67,600

18.5

62,700

17.0

Net steady state changes3

+24,600

2.2

+19,200

1.6

+8,800

0.7

+9,100

0.7

+10,700

0.8

Childminders

+6,400

2.0

+6,300

2.0

+2,100

0.7

+2,900

0.9

+3,600

1.2

Full Daycare

+14,600

3.2

+9,600

1.9

+5,500

1.0

+5,200

0.9

+5,200

0.8

Out of school2

+3,600

1.0

+3,300

1.0

+1,100

0.3

+1,100

0.3

+1,900

0.5

Net change

+134,900

12.2

+72,600

6.2

+74,000

5.9

+27,400

2.1

+8,500

0.7

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

2 out of School Day Care figures may not include services in extended schools as OFSTED data only includes providers that have to register separately.

3. The Net Study State refers to registered providers who registration status has not changed, but whose number of places has fluctuated over the period in question.

Source:

Ofsted

Number and percentage of childcare providers that have opened and closed1: Position as at 31 March each year, England

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Opened

21,200

22.9

18,500

20.2

16,400

17.3

15,500

16.4

13,500

15.1

Childminders

16,300

22.5

13,100

18.6

11,900

16.6

11,200

16.1

9,300

14.5

Full daycare

2,500

22.6

2,800

23.3

2,300

17.3

2,200

15.9

2,100

15.0

Out of school2

2,400

25.9

2,600

27.3

2,300

21.6

2,100

19.7

2,000

19.0

Closed

14,400

15.5

19,200

20.9

13,400

14.0

16,400

17.4

18,200

20.4

Childminders

12,100

16.7

15,300

21.8

10,500

14.7

12,900

18.5

14,600

22.6

Full daycare

1,100

9.7

1,800

14.5

1,300

10.1

1,500

10.8

1,700

11.8

Out of school2

1,200

13.0

2,200

22.6

1,500

14.6

2,000

18.7

1,900

18.1

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

2 Out of school day care figures may not include services in extended schools as Ofsted data only include providers that have to register separately.

Source:

Ofsted

The Department is unable to provide accurate details of closure rates for child care places and providers prior to 2003.

Since March 2003 data on closure rates have been available from Ofsted. Their data on closures include registered places in settings which are transferring ownership, and in settings which move from one Ofsted category to another, not just those which are ceasing trading.