Research into the costs and funding of early education and childcare.


Early years providers cost study: 2018

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-999-9, DFE-RR894PDF, 1.64MB, 118 pages


This report includes an analysis of:

  • the cost and income structure for different types of early years providers
  • revenue sources, including parental fees and funding levels
  • the reasons why costs vary across the early years market

It also includes a comparison with data collected in 2015 as part of the SEEDcost and funding of early education report.

Published 28 February 2019
Last updated 30 August 2019 + show all updates

  1. Weighting used in this report revised in April 2019 using data from the SCEYP 2018 to correct an issue in the original weighting based on the sampling frame.
  2. First published.