Data set from Education provision: children under 5 years of age

8 PVI staff by highest qualification

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Number of staff delivering government-funded early years provision at private, voluntary, and independent providers, by highest qualification and provider type.

Data set details

Early years
Education provision: children under 5 years of age
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of staff
  • Percentage of staff
  • Type of PVI provider
  • Highest level of qualification
Time period
2018 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalTotal250662100
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalFull and relevant EY level 22662810.6
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalFull and relevant EY level 314874059.3
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalAccredited graduate status215368.6
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate and voluntary providersTotalTotal214077100

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
highest_qualificationHighest level of qualification
number_staffNumber of staff
percentage_staffPercentage of staff
pvi_provider_typeType of PVI provider


  1. Since 2019, a data cleaning exercise with local authorities has improved data quality. Provider types are now more accurately recorded and caution should be taken when comparing across time.
  2. 'Total' includes both qualified and unqualified staff.
  3. These percentages are the proportion of all staff at that provider type who have a specific qualification, not the proportion of all staff with a specific qualification. Therefore, provider types will not sum to 100%.
  4. State-funded governor-run provision is included in the private, voluntary and independent providers category because data for these providers is returned on the early years census.
  5. Data collected in 2021 (and to a lesser extent 2022) was affected by the impact of COVID-19 uncertainty on providers and parents. Further information is available in the methodology note.

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