Childcare provision (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st September 2022.

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How many childcare providers are there currently in London? Can you break this down by age?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Data on the number of childcare providers is collected by Ofsted and available at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/early-years-and-childcare-statistics

According to the latest data (31 March 2022), there are currently 9,569 providers (including 5,465 childminders) on the Early Years Register (EYR) in London.

The EYR is compulsory for providers that care for children in the early years age group.

There are an additional 5,796 providers in London registered on the Childcare Register (CR) (bringing the total to 15,365).

The Childcare register has two parts: the compulsory part for those caring for children aged 5 up to 8 years and the voluntary part for those caring for children aged 8 and over, most commonly registered nannies, or crèches.

The GLA does not have access to a breakdown of this data by age. Individual local authorities may be able to provide this for you.