Data set from Childcare and early years provider survey

Mean number of staff per provider (2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022)

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A time series of the mean number of paid staff per provider, broken down by provider type.   Temporary staff are included but volunteer staff and apprentices are excluded. 

Data set details

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

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandSchool-based providers offering nursery52250
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandMaintained nursery schools17173
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandAll school-based providers52423
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrivate group-based providers133666
2022Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandVoluntary group-based providers91878

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
mean_staffNumber of staff
provider_typeProvider type
unweighted_basedUnweighted base


  1. Includes temporary staff but excludes volunteer staff and apprentices.
  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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