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

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Number of private, voluntary and independent providers delivering any amount of government-funded early years provision by age and provider type.

Data set details

Early years
Education provision: children under 5 years of age
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of providers
  • Entitlement type and age
  • Type of PVI provider
Time period
2018 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotalTotal31478
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotal2-year-olds19159
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotal3-year-olds28726
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotal4-year-olds22047
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England15-hour entitlementTotalTotal3 and 4-year-olds29925

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
ageEntitlement type and age
number_providersNumber of providers
pvi_provider_typeType of PVI provider


  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. State-funded governor-run provision is included in the private, voluntary and independent providers category because data for these providers is returned on the early years census.
  3. Data collected in 2021 (and to a lesser extent 2022) was affected by the impact of COVID-19 uncertainty on providers and parents. Further information is available in the methodology note.

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