Children: Day Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 17th October 2017.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many childcare and early-years education settings in England contain at least one qualified teacher.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Minister of State (Education)

Workforce data can be found in the annual Early Years Census published by the Department for Education. The workforce data collected in the census relates only to private, voluntary and independent (PVI) settings and childminders. The most recent census which contains information on the graduate workforce can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/education-provision-children-under-5-years-of-age-january-2016 (9LA).

In maintained nursery and state-funded primary schools where 3- and 4- year olds benefit from funded early education, it is a requirement that at least one member of staff is a school teacher. Data on the number of maintained and state-funded primary schools can also be found in the census (Table 11).

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