Data set from Childcare and early years provider survey

Proportion of providers employing volunteer staff and the number of volunteer staff they employ (2021 and 2022)

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The proportion of providers that employ volunteer staff, and the number of volunteer staff that they employ, in 2021 and 2022.

Data set details

Early years
Childcare and early years provider survey
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of voluntary staff
  • Percentage of providers
  • Unweighted base
  • Provider type
Time period
2021 to 2022

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandSchool-based providers offering nursery2838002256
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandMaintained nursery schools60600173
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandAll school-based providers2943002429
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-based providers3385003671
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary group-based providers3744001879

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
number_vol_staffNumber of voluntary staff
percent_employingPercentage of providers
provider_typeProvider type
unweighted_baseUnweighted base


  1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. They may not add up to totals due to rounding.
  2. Only includes volunteer staff working directly with the children
  3. The way voluntary, private and ‘other’ group-based providers are defined changed between 2021 and 2022. This means year-on-year comparisons for these categories of provider are not possible. Figures for the total ‘all group-based provider’ category are not affected and can be compared.
  4. This question was only asked to school-based providers and group-based providers

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