Data set from Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Table 2 - Daily attendance in early years settings during the COVID-19 outbreak

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The data in this file contains weekly attendance data for early years settings. Data is in this file has been scaled to account for non-response so it is nationally representative.

Data set details

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Children of critical workers attending early years settings
  • Number of children attending early years settings
  • Number of closed early years settings
  • Date
Time period
2020 Week 16 to 2021 Week 4

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Week 16NationalE92000001England16/04/20202200032390005680001265000600059000
2020Week 17NationalE92000001England20/04/20202300033390005670001167000800059000
2020Week 17NationalE92000001England23/04/2020230003439000576000974000900064000
2020Week 18NationalE92000001England27/04/202024000343900056700010740001000064000
2020Week 18NationalE92000001England30/04/20202400035390005760009790001000069000

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 10 variables
Variable nameVariable description
Children_attendingNumber of children attending early years settings
Children_of_critical_workers_attendingChildren of critical workers attending early years settings
Closed_settingsNumber of closed early years settings
Open_settingsNumber of open early years settings


  1. From 16 April to 18 June, the local authority early years survey was twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays). From 25 June, the survey changed to weekly (Thursdays).
  2. The Prime Minister announced on 4 January 2021 that early years settings remain open for all children during the national lockdown.
  3. All national level figures are adjusted for non-response. Regional and local authority level figures are based on responding schools only. See accompanying document for full methodology.
  4. From 1 June, the government asked early years settings to begin welcoming back all children in addition to those of critical workers and vulnerable children. The methodology to adjust figures for non-response was also updated to reflect this change.
  5. The summer term had ended in most schools by Friday 17 July. Autumn term had typically begun by Monday 7 September and ended by Friday 18 December. Data collection was paused over Christmas and resumed at the start of Spring term, with the first data collected on Thursday 7 January.
  6. Ordinarily, fewer early years settings are open and fewer children are in attendance during school holidays. This is due to reduced demand for childcare and the closure of school-based settings.

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