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Pre-School Education: Manpower

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of staff in the childcare sector in (a) the 10 per cent. most deprived areas, (b) 10 per cent. least deprived areas, (c) five per cent. most deprived areas and (d) five per cent. least deprived areas were qualified to at least level three in each of the last 30 years. (252069)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on the level of qualification held by all paid staff by type of child care provider. Table 1 following shows the number and proportion of staff in England with at least a level three qualification in 2006 and 2007, by type of provision and by level of area deprivation. Data for previous years and data for (a) the 10 per cent. most deprived areas, (b) 10 per cent. least deprived areas, (c) 5 per cent. most deprived areas and (d) 5 per cent, least deprived areas are not available.

Table 1: Staff with at least a level three qualification—child care providers, by level of deprivation

30 per cent. most deprived areas

70 per cent. least deprived areas

2006

2007

2006

2007

Number of staff with at least a level 3 qualification

Full day care

31,100

36,000

72,700

74,600

Full day care in children’s centres

5,800

8,400

1,600

2,300

Sessional

4,500

6,000

28,800

27,000

Out of school care

11,500

10,300

24,600

25,300

Childminders

3,800

4,000

18,100

20,200

Percentage of staff with at least a level 3 qualification

Full day care

77

74

71

71

Full day care in children’s centres

80

83

79

78

Sessional

58

67

58

60

Out of school care

55

57

51

54

Childminders

35

38

38

41