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
covers day nurseries, playgroups, childminders, out of school clubs,
holiday schemes and family centres for children aged under 8.
- 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
1998 1999 1998 1999
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
children aged 5-7
Out of School
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
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
- day nurseries
- out of school clubs
- holiday schemes
- family centres
A more detailed picture of all day care provision will be published
later in the year.
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
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.