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Nurseries: Vacancies

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time vacancies there were in local authority maintained nurseries in each year since 1997; and what the rate of such full-time vacancies was in each of those years. (253623)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers survey collects information on the number of childcare places in maintained nursery schools in England. The following data in table 1 are from the 2007 and 2006 Childcare and Early Years Providers surveys. The information is not available for years preceding 2006. Table 1 shows the number and proportion of vacancies of childcare places in nursery schools in 2007 and 2006.

Table 1: Number and proportion of vacancies in nursery schools

Nursery schools

Total number of places

Number of vacancies

Proportion of vacancies (percentage)

2007

28,400

1,400

5

2006

28,100

2,000

7