Children: Day Care

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Paul Goodman Paul Goodman Shadow Minister (Childcare), Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) private, voluntary and independent and (b) state sector child care places closed in each year since 1997.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Children, Young People and Families)

holding answer 8 March 2007

The information requested about child care places broken down by sector is not available.

The following table provides information for all types of day care provider.

Table 1: Number of child care plac es that have closed 2004- 06, England
Places
2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 March to December 2006
Closed 128,400 200,800 144,600 128,200
Childminders 50,400 63,000 44,800 37,900
Full daycare 38,500 65,600 48,700 41,800
Out of school 39,500 72,200 51,100 48,500
Source: Ofsted.

Ofsted data on closures include registered places in settings which are transferring ownership, and in settings which move from one Ofsted category to another, not just in those which are ceasing trading.

Table 2: Number of child care places that have opened 2004-06, England
Places
2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 March to December 2006
Opened 238,600 254,100 214,800 157,400
Childminders 62,800 53,000 48,800 37,000
Full daycare 98,600 117,600 90,900 68,400
Out of school 77,200 83,500 75,200 52,000
Source: Ofsted.

Ofsted has also produced figures on the numbers of registered child care providers and places on a quarterly basis from March 2003. Its latest figures were published in its report "Registered Childcare Providers and Places, December 2006", which is available on its website, www.Ofsted.gov.uk/.

As these two tables show, there have been substantial net increases in child care places over this period.

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