Data set from Childcare and early years provider survey

Number of paid childcare provider staff (2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022)

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A time series of the number of paid provider staff, broken down by provider type.  Temporary staff are included but volunteer staff and apprentices are excluded.  Due to a small change in the way that private and voluntary group-based providers are defined, private and voluntary group-based provider figures for 2021 and 2022 are not directly comparable (all group-based provider figures, however, are unaffected).

Data set details

Early years
Childcare and early years provider survey
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of staff
  • Unweighted base
  • Provider type
Time period
2018 to 2022

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandSchool-based providers offering nursery456002250
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandMaintained nursery schools6700173
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandAll school-based providers523002423
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-based providers1790003666
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary group-based providers560001878

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
number_staffNumber of staff
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. Includes temporary staff but excludes volunteer staff and apprentices.
  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. Please see ‘further information’ for the impact of this change on the figures in this table.

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