Data set from Childcare and early years provider survey

Staff:child ratios for under 2s (group-based providers) (2021 and 2022)

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Ratio of staff to children aged under 2 in group-based providers in 2021 and 2022.

Data set details

Early years
Childcare and early years provider survey
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Percentage of providers
  • Unweighted base
  • Provider type
  • Staff : child ratio
Time period
2021 to 2022

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-basedLess than 1:39.91409
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-based1:380.81409
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-basedMore than 1:39.31409
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary group-basedLess than 1:315.1191
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary group-based1:374.1191

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
percentagePercentage of providers
provider_typeProvider type
ratioStaff : child ratio
unweighted_baseUnweighted base


  1. A ratio of less than 1:3 is more generous than the statutory minimum as there are fewer children per member of staff
  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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