Data set from Childcare and early years provider survey

Number of providers (2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022)

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A time series of the number of providers, broken down by provider type.  Due to a small change in the way that private and voluntary group-based providers are defined, private and voluntary group-based provider figures for 2021 and 2022 are not directly comparable (all group-based provider figures, however, are unaffected).

Data set details

Early years
Childcare and early years provider survey
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of providers
  • Provider type
Time period
2018 to 2022

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandSchool-based providers offering nursery9200
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandMaintained nursery schools400
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandAll school-based providers9600
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-based providers14000
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary group-based providers6500

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 2 variables
Variable nameVariable description
numberNumber of providers
provider_typeProvider type


  1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. They may not add up to totals due to rounding.
  2. See "Further information" for an explanation of the difference between the numbers in this chart, and the number of group-based providers and childminders on the Ofsted register and the number of schools in the School Census.
  3. 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. Please see ‘further information’ for the impact of this change on the figures in this table.

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