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Childcare and early years providers survey 2010

The Department for Education commissioned TNS-BMRB to conduct surveys collecting information about childcare and early years provision across England in 2010. In this report the survey findings are drawn together to provide an overview of the whole childcare and early years sector, as well as highlighting similarities and differences between specific types of provider.

Where appropriate, the findings from the 2010 survey have been compared with those from similar surveys conducted in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003 and 2001. However, as discussed in detail in chapter 2, it has been necessary to change the sampling method for all groups apart from childminders in 2010. As such, year on year changes should be viewed bearing this in mind.

The data have been weighted and grossed to provide national estimates.