Latest closure figures of early years providers

14 May 2021

More than 2,000 early years providers have closed since the start of this year, according to the latest government data.

The statistics show that the total number of childcare providers in England fell from 74,130 on 31 December 2020 to 72,043 on 30 March 2021 which amounts to 2087 settings closing during this period. The figures are calculated using the number of providers who have resigned their Ofsted registration or had their registration revoked or suspended.

The closures include 949 childminders, 933 providers working from their own home, 203 childcare providers operating in “non-domestic premises” and two operating in “domestic premises”.

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) said: 

“These latest nursery closure figures are worrying for the sector but also for families who rely on childcare places so they can return to the workplace.”

“During the pandemic, thousands of childcare providers including hundreds of nurseries have been forced to shut down. Their income simply did not cover their increasing costs. This means that thousands of families are now unable to access local places for their children or they have faced disruption to their usual routine.”

“Children have faced enough upheaval over the past year and early years professionals are working very hard to support them with high quality education and care. But they can only support them if they are financially sustainable. Education recovery must start in a child’s earliest years because that’s where the investment can make the biggest impact and is crucial for improving children’s outcomes.”