Nurseries: Closures

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many nurseries closed in England in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

The available information on the number of nurseries opening and closing is shown in the table.

Full day care providers( 1)
Closed Open
2003/04 1,100 2,500
2004/05 1,800 2,800
2005/06 1,300 2,300
2006/07 1,500 2,200
April 2007- December 2007 1,300 1,600
(1) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 if under 100, and to the nearest 100 if over 100.



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. For example, if a full day care provider moved to offering sessional provision, this would be recorded as a 'closed' full day care setting and an 'opened' sessional day care setting. The Ofsted data therefore exaggerates the true extent of turnover.

Ofsted has 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 2007", which is available on its website,

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