Data set from Childcare and early years provider survey

Breakdown of total provider costs

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A breakdown of childcare providers' total costs into different categories

Data set details

Early years
Childcare and early years provider survey
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Business rates
  • Energy bills
  • Food costs
  • Provider type
Time period

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandNursery class childcare settings85.071.581.574.311.38xx0.515.57
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandMaintained nursery schools81.332.440.932.420.83xx0.5511.50
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandAll school-based providers84.751.651.524.151.33xx0.516.08
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-based providers72.239.494.713.061.331.632.100.734.72
2023Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary group-based providers79.416.652.293.210.960.331.510.185.45

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 10 variables
Variable nameVariable description
business_ratesBusiness rates
energyEnergy bills
foodFood costs
materialsMaterials such as books, toys or equipment
otherOther costs


  1. Childminder costs are not directly comparable with group-based provider and school-based provider costs. Childminders were not asked about their rent / mortgage or energy bills, because they work from their own home and would have to pay at least some of these costs, even if they didn't run a childminding business. Childminder "staffing costs" are the sum of the amount that they pay their assistant(s) (if they have one) and the amount that they pay themselves in the form of a salary.
  2. Childminders do not have to pay business rates. 
  3. "Nursery class childcare settings" often deliver classes to school-age children alongside their nursery provision. For these providers, it is difficult to estimate how much of the providers' overhead costs - such as energy bills and business rates - are accounted for by nursery classes and how much are accounted for by other parts of the school. Therefore, unlike group-based providers, who were asked to report them separately, for school-based providers these costs were reported in "other costs".

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