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Pre-School Education

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) children’s centres nurseries, (b) maintained nurseries and (c) private, voluntary and independent nurseries reported vacant places in (i) England, (ii) each region, (iii) the 10 per cent. most deprived areas and (iv) the 10 per cent. least deprived areas in each year since 1997; (252064)

(2) how many and what proportion of childminders reported vacant places in (a) England, (b) each region, (c) the 10 per cent. most deprived local authority areas and (d) the 10 per cent. least deprived local authority areas in each year since 1997.

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on vacant places for children at child care and early years providers. Table 1 shows the number and proportion of providers in England that reported vacancies, and the total number of providers, by type of provision. Data for previous years are not available.

Table 1: Providers reporting vacant places for children on an average day

2005

2006

2007

Number of providers with vacancies

Full day care

7,900

8,200

9,400

Full day care in children’s centres

n/a

450

650

Child minders

n/a

30,300

36,600

Nursery schools

n/a

150

150

Percentage of providers with vacancies

Full day care

67

65

69

Full day care in children’s centres

n/a

63

69

Child minders

n/a

53

62

Nursery schools

n/a

38

36

Total number of providers

Full day care

11,800

12,700

13,600

Full day care in children’s centres

n/a

800

950

Child minders

57,700

57,900

59,800

Nursery schools

n/a

450

450

n/a = Cases where data are not available, either because the question was not asked, or the provider type was not surveyed in that year.

Note:

Full day care in children’s centres are a sub-group of all full day care providers and are also included in the all full day care figures.

Table 2 shows the total number of vacancies reported and the number of registered places, by type of provision. Data for previous years are not available.

Table 2: Number of vacancies and registered places for children

2005

2006

2007

Total number of vacancies

Full day care

88,400

81,000

107,300

Full day care in children’s centres

n/a

6,600

8,800

Child minders

80,700

67,000

85,900

Nursery schools

n/a

2,000

1,400

Total number of registered places

Full day care

511,100

544,200

596,500

Full day care in children’s centres

n/a

37,700

51,100

Child minders

275,600

272,600

291,500

Nursery schools

n/a

28,100

28,400

n/a = Cases where data are not available, either because the question was not asked, or the provider type was not surveyed in that year.

Note:

Full day care in children’s centres are a sub-group of all full day care providers and are also included in the all full day care figures.

Table 3 shows the number and proportion of providers in each region that reported vacancies, and the total number of providers, by type of provision. Data for previous years are not available. Data for nursery schools are not available due to small sub-sample sizes for this provider type at the regional level.

Table 3: Providers reporting vacant places for children on an average day, by region

Full day care

Full day care in children’s centres

Child minders

2006

2007

2006

2007

2006

2007

Number of providers with vacancies

East Midlands

680

800

30

40

2,400

3,380

East of England

810

830

30

40

3,410

4,310

London

1,210

1,390

80

100

4,790

7,050

North East, Yorkshire and Humberside

1,060

1,350

110

180

4,720

4,600

North West

1,120

1,300

80

100

3,180

4,340

South East

1,430

1,590

30

70

6,320

6,630

South West

910

1,060

50

1,060

2,570

3,310

West Midlands

1,000

1,110

40

80

2,920

3,010

Percentage of providers with vacancies

East Midlands

70

75

63

73

51

69

East of England

68

68

50

67

52

59

London

63

72

66

60

51

71

North East, Yorkshire and Humberside

64

73

65

75

57

56

North West

64

70

76

63

46

62

South East

65

67

45

76

58

60

South West

61

66

75

68

48

61

West Midlands

66

67

55

69

59

57

Total number of providers

East Midlands

990

1,080

50

60

4,800

4,990

East of England

1,180

1,240

50

60

6,990

7,280

London

1,900

1,950

120

160

9,480

10,010

North East, Yorkshire and Humberside

1,670

1,830

170

230

8,310

8,600

North West

1,720

1,850

100

160

6,710

6,920

South East

2,220

2,390

60

90

11,060

11,320

South West

1,490

1,610

60

90

5,400

5,450

West Midlands

1,530

1,640

80

120

5,110

5,250

Note:

Full day care in children’s centres are a sub-group of all full day care providers and are also included in the all full day care figures.

Table 4 shows the total number of vacancies reported and the number of registered places, in each region, by type of provision. Data for previous years are not available. Data for nursery schools are not available due to small sub-sample sizes for this provider type at the regional level.

Table 4: Number of vacancies and registered places for children, by region

Full day care

Full day care in children’s centres

Child minders

2006

2007

2006

2007

2006

2007

Total number of vacancies

East Midlands

8,750

10,510

470

510

5,320

9,010

East of England

9,370

8,300

320

350

7,680

10,420

London

11,620

18,050

940

1,350

8,800

15,860

North East, Yorkshire and Humberside

11,480

14,460

2,230

2,610

12,100

11,390

North West

11,530

13,910

880

1,330

6,940

9,200

South East

12,840

20,970

450

970

13,980

15,130

South West

7,830

10,250

540

600

5,340

6,860

West Midlands

7,590

10,800

760

1,030

6,810

7,980

Total number of registered places

East Midlands

47,190

53,240

2,610

3,140

24,550

26,610

East of England

53,120

54,100

2,800

2,930

34,180

35,910

London

74,720

84,830

7,310

8,980

34,680

40,340

North East, Yorkshire and Humberside

75,070

79,190

8,160

11,060

42,270

45,640

North West

81,630

89,930

5,100

9,100

32,170

34,690

South East

95,270

105,540

4,730

5,260

51,160

53,870

South West

54,110

60,600

2,660

4,330

27,400

27,280

West Midlands

63,060

69,080

4,370

6,350

26,220

27,160

Note:

Full day care in children’s centres are a sub-group of all full day care providers and are also included in the all full day care figures.

Table 5 shows the number and proportion of providers that reported vacancies, and the total number of providers, by type of provision and level of deprivation. Data for previous years and data for the 10 per cent. most deprived and 10 per cent. least deprived areas are not available.

Table 5: Providers reporting vacant places for children on an average day, by level of deprivation

30 per cent. most deprived areas

70 per cent. least deprived areas

2006

2007

2006

2007

Number of providers with vacancies

Full day care

2,350

2,890

5,840

6,530

Full day care in children’s centres

370

500

70

140

Child minders

6,300

6,880

24,010

29,740

Nursery schools

90

110

80

50

Percentage of providers with vacancies

Full day care

67

72

65

68

Full day care in children’s centres

68

69

47

68

Child minders

58

65

52

61

Nursery schools

35

39

41

31

Total number of providers

Full day care

3,520

4,030

9,180

9,550

Full day care in children’s centres

540

730

150

210

Child minders

10,840

10,620

47,010

49,200

Nursery schools

250

290

190

150

Note:

Full day care in children’s centres are a sub-group of all full day care providers and are also included in the all full day care figures.

Table 6 shows the total number of vacancies and the number of registered places, by type of provision and level of deprivation. Data for previous years and data for the 10 per cent. most deprived and 10 per cent. least deprived areas are not available.

Table 6: Number of vacancies and registered places for children, by level of deprivation

30 per cent. most deprived areas

70 per cent. least deprived areas

2006

2007

2006

2007

Total number of vacancies

Full day care

24,570

35,680

56,440

71,440

Full day care in children’s centres

5,330

6,920

1,260

1,640

Child minders

14,580

15,740

52,390

70,120

Nursery schools

750

940

1,280

450

Total number of registered places

Full day care

159,290

183,100

384,880

413,030

Full day care in children’s centres

30,290

38,160

7,460

11,600

Child minders

47,790

49,490

224,820

242,000

Nursery schools

15,300

19,250

12,790

9,180

Note:

Full day care in children’s centres are a sub-group of all full day care providers and are also included in the all full day care figures.