Many minders in an area close to me are stuggling to fill spaces, many are long term, well qualified accredited network minders with good and outstanding reports as they have too much in the area, so funding may well be cut for new childcare places in that area, as it not just about places but sustainability. thanks for the info
Source "In March 2000 there were 75,600 registered childminders providing 320,000 places. This represents a fall in the number of childminders of approximately 8 per cent and in the number of places of about 5 per cent since the previous year."
Source "In March 2001 there were 72,300 registered childminders providing 304,600 places. This represents a fall in the number of childminders of approximately 4 per cent and in the number of places of about 5 per cent since the previous year."
Up until December 2006, the figures provided by Ofsted are always multiples of 100 which makes it look like there is some rounding going on. From March 2007 through to March 2008 this is not the case so it looks like Ofsted have published actual figures. However, the figures for June 2008 are all multiples of 100 and look like Ofsted have started rounding again. So, which way did they round the numbers and do the real numbers show an even greater fall in the number of childminders?
One thing is for sure, though: The figures for September 2008 will show an even bigger fall as the CMs who have decided not to work under EYFS finally give up.