Data set from Childcare and early years provider survey

Staff to child ratios under 2s

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A time series of the ratio of staff to children aged under 2 in group-based providers.

Data set details

Early years
Childcare and early years provider survey
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Percentage of providers
  • Unweighted base
  • Provider type
  • Staff : child ratio
Time period
2021 to 2023

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-based providersLess than 1:37.81352
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-based providers1:388.61352
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-based providersMore than 1:33.61352
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary group-based providersLess than 1:312.8155
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary group-based providers1:382.5155

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
percentagePercentage of providers
provider_typeProvider type
ratioStaff : child ratio
unweighted_baseUnweighted base


  1. A ratio of less than 1:3 is more generous than the statutory minimum as there are fewer children per member of staff

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