Alliance responds to latest Ofsted statistics 

Commenting on the latest Ofsted early years and childcare statistics, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said: 

"While today’s figures show that nurseries, pre-schools 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% (1,000) 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.”


Note to Editors

A copy of the Alliance's Minds Matter research, released in June 2018, is available here.   

A copy of the statistics is available here:


  • The Early Years Alliance (formerly the Pre-school Learning Alliance) is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England. A registered educational charity, it also provides high-quality affordable childcare and education to support children and families in areas of deprivation throughout the country. 
  • The Alliance represents 14,000 member settings and supports them to deliver care and learning to more than 800,000 families every year. We deliver family learning projects, offer information and advice, produce specialist publications, run acclaimed training programmes and campaign to influence early years policy and practice.
  • The Alliance website is