Data set from Education provision: children under 5 years of age

Provider's Highest Staff Qualification (2018 to 2021)

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The number and percentage of early years staff at private, voluntary and independent providers, by highest qualification and category of provider.

Data set details

Early years
Education provision: children under 5 years of age
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of staff
  • Per cent of staff
  • Highest level of qualification
  • Type of provider
Time period
2018 to 2021

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal staffAll providers243710.
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal staffAll Private and voluntary providers205026.
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal staffEarly Years Childcare Provider194145.
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal staffSure Start Childrens Centre2341.
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal staffOther private or voluntary provider8540.

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
highest_qualificationHighest level of qualification - Select highest level of qualification: for example Relevant EY level 2
number_of_staffNumber of staff
percentage_of_staffPer cent of staff
type_of_providerType of provider - Select type of provider: for example Childminders


  1. Since 2019, a data cleaning exercise with local authorities has improved data quality. Provider types are now more accurately recorded and caution should be taken when comparing across time.
  2. Total EY staff includes both qualified and unqualified staff. Therefore percentages do not sum to 100% across available qualification levels.
  3. Percentages are as a proportion of all staff at that provider type, not a proportion of staff with a specific qualification. Therefore, all provider types will not sum to 100%.
  4. 2021 is the first year of data covering COVID-19, collected during January's national lockdown. Open providers, or providers closed due to government guidance, made census returns relating to registered children's "expected attendance" in census week. Further information is available in the methodology.

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