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

7A National number and percentage of staff by provider type and highest staff qualification

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The number and percentage of early years staff at private, voluntary, and independent providers, by highest qualification and category of provider.

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 provider
  • Highest level of qualification
Time period
2018 to 2022

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal staffPrivate, voluntary, and independent providers249263z
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal staffPrivate and voluntary providers211813z
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal staffEarly years childcare providers208467z
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal staffSure start children's centres2399z
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal staffOther private or voluntary providers947z

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
highest_qualificationHighest level of qualification
number_of_staffNumber of staff
percentage_of_staffPercentage of staff
provider_typeType of provider


  1. 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%.
  2. 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.
  3. 'Total staff' includes both qualified and unqualified staff.
  4. 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.

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