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Child Care: Qualifications

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of the childcare workforce had a (a) degree level, (b) level 3 and (c) level 2 qualification in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (276657)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on staff working with children and young people. The proportion of the early years and child care work force with degree level, level 3 and level 2 qualifications is as detailed in the following tables.

Staff qualifications held by all paid staff - childcare providers1

Percentage

Full day care

Full day care in children's centres

2007

2006

2005

2003

2007

2006

Level 2

16

14

15

19

10

11

Level 3

61

64

54

52

61

62

Level 6

3

3

3

n/a

7

9

Percentage

Sessional

After school clubs

2007

2006

2005

2003

2007

2006

2003

Level 2

18

18

18

16

21

22

18

Level 3

52

51

48

39

43

43

32

Level 6

3

3

3

n/a

4

4

n/a

Percentage

Holiday clubs

Childminders

2007

2006

2003

2007

2006

Level 2

21

19

14

8

5

Level 3

40

41

24

36

33

Level 6

7

6

n/a

2

2

1 Due to the difference in the way data were reported in 2003, it has not been possible to provide comparable data for certain levels of qualification. There have been changes to the way that the levels are defined since the previous survey in 2003. Current levels 4, 5 and 6 (as defined above) were previously all part of level 4. Current levels 7 and 8 were previously part of level 5.

Note:

Base: All paid childcare staff 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003. All childminders 2007, 2006.