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Child Minding: Manpower

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many registered childminders there were in each quarter in each of the last 10 years. (276656)

The available information is shown in the tables.

Number1, 2 of registered child minders for children under eight years of age, position at each quarter from 2003-04 to 2007-08

Financial year

As at end:

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

June

70,000

72,700

70,900

71,600

68,300

September

70,200

71,900

71,100

71,200

67,400

December

72,000

71,000

71,500

71,500

65,800

March

72,400

70,200

71,600

69,900

64,600

1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. 2 Data Source: Ofsted.

New Registers, the Early Years Register and the General Childcare Register (including its Voluntary Register), were introduced under the Childcare Act 2006 as part of the Government's reforms to simplify early years regulation and inspection. From 1 September 2008, Ofsted started to record providers in line with these new legal requirements. As a result of the new registers, data from September 2008 are not directly comparable with previous data and the reporting periods for 2008-09 are out of step with previous years.

Number1, 2 of registered child minders for children under eight years of age, position at each quarter in 2008-09

As at end:

Financial year 2008-09

June

64,300

August3

63,600

December4

61,900

March

60,900

1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. 2 Data Source: Ofsted. 3 Latest position before new arrangements introduced in September 2008, therefore coverage is up to end August only. 4 First position since new arrangements introduced in September 2008.