Data set from Childcare and early years provider survey

Breakdown of total provider costs

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A breakdown of childcare providers' total costs into different categories

Data set details

Early years
Childcare and early years provider survey
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Food costs
  • Materials such as books, toys or equipment
  • Other costs
  • Provider type
Time period

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandSchool-based providers offering nursery81141111
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandMaintained nursery schools79121116
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-based providers69931415
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary group-based providers78631211
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildminders66x621215

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 7 variables
Variable nameVariable description
foodFood costs
materialsMaterials such as books, toys or equipment
otherOther costs
provider_typeProvider type
rent_mortageRent or mortgage payments


  1. Childminders' costs are calculated differently to those for other providers. Rent and mortgage costs are excluded from costs. Unlike school-based and group-based providers, where staff are paid salaries, childminders were asked on the Survey how much they drew from their business in the form of a "salary". "School-based providers that offer nursery" often deliver classes to school-age children alongside their nursery provision. For these providers, it is difficult to estimate how much of the providers' overhead costs - such as energy and IT support - are accounted for by nursery classes and how much are accounted for by other parts of the school.

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