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Children: Day Care

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1058-62W, on children's day care, how many childcare settings have closed in each quarter in 2008-09. (260031)

The available information is shown in the table.

Due to changes in legislation as at 1 September 2008 new categories have been introduced for the collection of child care data and the current categories have ceased to exist. The latest Ofsted figures for a full quarter were published in June 2008. Ofsted are currently reviewing how these data will be published in the future.

Number and percentage of childcare providers that have opened and closed1 position as at each quarter, England 2008

Childminders

Full day care

Out of school day care2

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

January-March 2008

Opened

2,200

3.3

550

3.9

450

4.2

Closed

3,300

5.0

420

2.9

480

4.5

April-June 2008

Opened

2,200

3.4

520

3.6

420

3.9

Closed

2,500

3.9

370

2.6

420

3.9

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