Data set from Childcare and early years provider survey

Mean and median hourly fee for children aged under two by provider type (2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022)

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A time series of mean and median hourly fees charged by childcare providers to parents for children under 2, broken down by provider type.  Only a very small proportion of children aged under 2 are enrolled at school-based providers so figures for fees for under 2s enrolled at school-based providers are based on small sample sizes.

Data set details

Early years
Childcare and early years provider survey
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Mean hourly fee
  • Median hourly fee
  • Unweighted base
  • Provider type
Time period
2018 to 2022

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate providers6.596.151984
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary providers6.155.7276
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandSchool-based providers offering nursery6.115.7124 [u]
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandMaintained nursery schools6.636.510 [u]
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildminders5.3653489

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
mean_hourly_feeMean hourly fee
median_hourly_feeMedian hourly fee
provider_typeProvider type
unweighted_baseUnweighted base


  1. [u] Statistics based on an "unweighted base" (sample size) of less than 10 are not shown. Statistics based on an "unweighted base" of 10 or greater but less than 30 should be treated with caution and are only indicative.
  2. 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.

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