Last reviewed 1 April 2019

Ofsted has published its termly statistics on childcare providers and inspections in England covering the period between 31 August 2018 and 31 December 2018.

The figures reveal another significant decrease in the number of registered childminders. There are one thousand (3%) fewer childminders since last term, bringing the total number to 39,700. This continues a downward trend, with a total drop of 17% since 31 August 2015. However, the number of places offered by childminders has remained stable, with childminders offering 19% of all places, a decrease of only one percentage point since August 2015.

The number of non-domestic providers has remained fairly stable over time and has only decreased by 1% since August 2015. Childcare on non-domestic premises now provides 81% (1.1 million) of all childcare places, which is an increase of one percentage point since August 2015.

The figures also reveal that 95% of registered childcare providers continue to be “good” or “outstanding” — this has remained largely the same since August 2018, but is significantly higher than in 2015, when just 85% were graded either “good” or “outstanding”.

Neil Leitch, Chief Executive of the Early Years Alliance, said:

“While today’s figures show that nurseries, preschools and childminders continue to deliver quality early education, the woeful underfunding of the early years sector is taking its toll on dedicated and passionate practitioners.

“Ongoing research by the Early Years Alliance shows a stressed, unappreciated and underpaid workforce so it is no surprise that Ofsted found childminder numbers are continuing to fall by 3% (1000) in just one quarter. Saying this, over 9 in 10 settings are achieving good and outstanding ratings which is a testament to settings and the committed practitioners who continue to educate our youngest children.”

The full statistics can be found here.