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CHILDREN'S DAY CARE FACILITIES AT 31 MARCH 1999: ENGLAND (PROVISIONAL)

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This Statistical First Release contains provisionai figures on the ...
This Statistical First Release contains provisionai figures on the

number of day nurseries, playgroups, childminders, out of school

clubs and holiday schemes in England at 31 March 1999.

This release has been compiled from information about day care

facilties submitted by local authorities to the DfEE. The collection

covers day nurseries, playgroups, childminders, out of school clubs,

holiday schemes and family centres for children aged under 8.

KEY POINTS

- Between 1998 and 1999 there was an Increase In the number of

day nurseries, out of school clubs and holiday schemes by 300,700

and 4,000 respectively.

- Between 1998 and 1999 there was a decrease in the number of

playgroups and childminders by 700 and 10,000 respectively.

Children's day care provIsion in England as at 31 March

(provisional) (1)

Providers Places

1998 1999 1998 1999

Provision for

children under 8

Day Nurseries 6,700 7,000 223,000 247,200

Playgroups 15,700 15,000 383,600 347,200

Childminders 92,200 82,200 370,700 336,600

Provision for

children aged 5-7

Out of School

Clubs

3,100 3,800 92,300 113,800

Holiday Schemes 6,200 10,200 256,500 435,300

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. Authorities have

the problem of placing all day care provision into one of the

categories; day nurseries, childminders, playgroups, out of school

clubs, holiday schemes and family centres. The way authorities

hold the information may not fit neatly into these definitions,

and practice may vary between authorities. Provision may be made

by the local authority, voluntary or private organisations

registered Part X of the Children Act 1989 or exempt from

registration. Where complete information was not available some

estimates have been made.

2. Holiday schemes are counted once for each holiday period in

which they operate. Some of the difference between 1998 and 1999

maybe the result of additional guidance given to data providers in

1999.

Notes

1. The Information about day care is collected via form DCCAU8

which was completed by all local authorities. The form asked for

information about the following types of day care provision as at 31

March 1999:

- day nurseries

- childminders

- playgroups

- out of school clubs

- holiday schemes

- family centres

A more detailed picture of all day care provision will be published

later in the year.

RELATED STATISTICS

2. The Statistical Volume 'Children's Day Care Facilities at 31

March 1998' contains information about various types of day care

facilities for children aged under eight - day nurseries,

childminders, playgroups, out of school clubs, holiday schemes and

family centres. Figures are collected on the number of providers of

day care facilities, places provided and children receiving local

authority provision.

3. Information relating to early years provision in the

maintained sector was published in the Statistical First Release

'Pupils under five years of age in maintained schools in England -

January 1999' On 21 May.

4. Information relating to early years provision in the private,

voluntary and independent sectors was published in the Statistical

First Release 'Early Years Education for Four Year Old Children in

England - January 1999 (provisional)' on 2 August.

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