Attendance at childcare settings is starting to increase ahead of the wider reopening of the early years sector, according to the latest data submitted through Ceeda's COVID-19 portal.

The COVID-19 Data Portal was launched in April to continuously monitor if a setting is operating and if so, how many vulnerable and key worker children are attending. It is designed to track in real time the scale of temporary and permanent closures and the numbers of children receiving vital provision.

The latest statistics from the survey during 11-15 May reveal that 37% of day nurseries and pre-schools are currently open for vulnerable children and children of key workers. The average daily attendance was 7.73 key worker children in the week commencing 8 May, compared to 6.93 a week before.

Figures in childminder provision show that 52% of settings are open for key worker and vulnerable children with an average daily attendance of 1.27 key worker children.

The research is based on 711 nurseries and pre-schools and 690 childminders who registered their data on the portal. The statistics do not include information on provision in maintained nursery schools and schools.

Ceeda’s full report is available here.

Meanwhile, the Department for Education (DfE) has published its latest official statistics, Coronavirus (Covid-19): attendance in educational early years settings in England, which estimate that as of 14 May, 80,000 children were attending early years settings. This amounts to about 5% of the number of children who usually attend childcare in term time. The DfE said that 17,500 educational settings provided a response to the survey on 14 May, representing 71% of all settings.

Last reviewed 22 May 2020