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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The data in this file contains weekly attendance data for early years settings. Data in this file has been scaled to account for non-response so it is nationally representative.

Data set details

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Children of critical workers attending early years settings
  • Number of children attending early years settings
  • Number of closed early years settings
  • Date
Time period
2020 Week 16 to 2021 Week 9

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
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

Table showing first 5 of 10 variables
Variable nameVariable description
Children_attendingNumber of children attending early years settings
Children_of_critical_workers_attendingChildren of critical workers attending early years settings
Closed_settingsNumber of closed early years settings
Open_settingsNumber of open early years settings


  1. Ordinarily, fewer early years settings are open and fewer children are in attendance during school holidays. This is due to reduced demand for childcare and the closure of school-based settings.
  2. The data collection began in April 2020. For the 2020/21 academic year, the data collection was paused during the Christmas, Easter and summer holidays. The data collection resumed on 16 September for the start of the 2021/22 academic year.
  3. The Prime Minister announced on 4 January 2021 that early years settings remain open for all children during the national lockdown.
  4. All national level figures are adjusted for non-response. Regional and local authority level figures are based on responding schools only. See accompanying document for full methodology.
  5. From 16 April to 18 June 2020, the local authority early years data collection was twice-weekly. The collection became weekly from 25 June 2020, and then fortnightly from 29 April 2021. From September 2021 the survey became monthly.
  6. From 1 June 2020, 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.

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