Data set from Childcare and early years provider survey

Number of registered places per provider

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A time series of the number of registered places per provider, broken down by provider type. 

Data set details

Early years
Childcare and early years provider survey
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Mean number of places
  • Unweighted base
  • Provider type
Time period
2018 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandNursery class childcare settings342470
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandMaintained nursery schools94135
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandAll school-based providers372605
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-based providers564243
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary group-based providers362135

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
average_placesMean number of places
provider_typeProvider type
unweighted_baseUnweighted base


  1. The number of registered childminder places in 2023 is not directly comparable with figures for previous years. In the 2023 Survey, in order to be consistent with school-based and group-based providers, childminders were asked "How many children are you allowed to look after at one time?" In previous surveys, childminders were asked "How many places for children under the age of 8 have you personally got registered with Ofsted?" These questions are slightly different because although, in order to offer childcare places, childminders need to register these places with Ofsted, this is only the case for places for children aged under 8.
  2. Figures for school-based providers refer to full-day nursery places - places in before-school and after-school childcare are excluded.

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