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Nurseries: Admissions

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average occupancy rate of (a) Sure Start children’s centre nurseries, (b) maintained nurseries and (c) private, voluntary and independent nurseries was in (i) England, (ii) each region and (iii) each local authority area in each of the last five years. (234133)

[holding answer 10 November 2008]: The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on occupancy rates in child care and early years providers.

Table 1 shows the national occupancy rates for different types of child care providers from 2005 to 2007. Data are not available for earlier years or for all types of providers in 2005.

Table 1: Occupancy rates for England from 2005 to 2007

Percentage

2005

2006

2007

Full day care

83

85

82

Full day care in children’s centres

n/a

82

83

Sessional

89

89

87

After school clubs

n/a

79

75

Holiday clubs

n/a

71

70

Child minders

71

76

71

Nursery schools

n/a

93

95

Primary schools with nursery and reception classes

n/a

90

89

Primary schools with reception but no nursery classes

n/a

85

86

Table 2 shows the regional occupancy rates for different types of child care providers for 2007. Data for earlier years are not available in the format requested.

Table 2: Regional occupancy rates for 2007

Percentage

Full day care

Full day care in children’s centres

Sessional

After school

Holiday

Child minders

Nursery schools

Primary schools with nursery and reception classes

Primary schools with reception but no nursery classes

East Midlands

80

77

82

67

65

65

92

87

81

East of England

84

85

86

73

66

72

94

86

83

London

78

82

87

77

70

61

96

93

95

North East1

281

273

285

271

267

275

96

n/a

79

Yorkshire and Humber

2

2

2

2

2

2

94

n/a

84

North West

83

83

88

72

65

73

91

n/a

82

South East

83

79

88

71

73

69

97

90

87

South West

81

83

85

69

60

75

99

88

81

West Midlands

83

77

84

73

66

73

96

88

82

1 Data for child care providers are not separately available for the North East and Yorkshire and Humberside regions.

2 Indicates brace.

Note:

Data are not available for primary schools with nursery and reception classes in the North East and North West regions as an insufficient number of interviews were achieved in these areas. Data are also not available for primary schools with nursery and reception classes in Yorkshire and Humberside as this region was grouped with the North East and North West to ensure that national figures were representative.

Data on occupancy rates are not available at a local authority level.