Data set from Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Table 2 Daily attendance in early years settings during the COVID-19 outbreak

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Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
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Geographic levels
  • Children of critical workers attending
  • Number of children attending early years settings
  • Number of closed settings
  • Date
Time period
2020 Week 16 to 2020 Week 41

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2020Week 16NationalE92000001England16/04/20202200032390005680001265000600059000
2020Week 17NationalE92000001England20/04/20202300033390005670001167000800059000
2020Week 17NationalE92000001England23/04/2020230003439000576000974000900064000
2020Week 18NationalE92000001England27/04/202024000343900056700010740001000064000
2020Week 18NationalE92000001England30/04/20202400035390005760009790001000069000

Variables in this data set

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Variable nameVariable description
Children_attendingNumber of children attending early years settings
Children_of_critical_workers_attendingChildren of critical workers attending
Closed_settingsNumber of closed settings
Open_settingsNumber of open settings


  1. Settings are asked to provide a count of the number of children of critical workers and the number of vulnerable children. For the total, it is assumed that in the early years data there is no overlap between the number of children of critical workers and the number of vulnerable children.
  2. From 16 April to 18 June, the local authority early years survey was twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays). From 25 June, the survey changed to weekly (Thursdays).
  3. From 1 June, the government asked early years settings to begin welcoming back all children in addition to those of critical workers and vulnerable children. The methodology to adjust figures for non-response was also updated to reflect this change.
  4. All figures are adjusted for non-response. See accompanying document for full methodology.
  5. The summer term had ended in most schools by Friday 17 July. Ordinarily, fewer early years settings are open and fewer children are in attendance during school summer holidays. This is due to reduced demand for childcare and the closure of school-based settings.
  6. Thursday 28 May would usually have been half term, and some settings, particularly those that are school-based, will have been closed. This may also have reduced demand for childcare.
  7. The following early years settings are included: group-based providers (Ofsted-registered nurseries and pre-schools), school-based providers (any pre-school provision run by school governing bodies, nursery classes in schools and maintained nursery school provision) and Ofsted-registered childminders.

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