||<p>Ofsted publishes termly data on childcare providers and inspections. This statistical
release confirms the number of providers that have registered with Ofsted (joiners)
and the number that have left (leavers) in the relevant period. No data is published
on trends of childcare settings opening and closing in affluent areas compared to
disadvantaged areas.</p><p>As at 31 March 2019, there were 76,600 childcare providers
registered with Ofsted, down by 1% (600) since December 2018. However, the overall
number of childcare places increased by 3,200 since December 2018. This information
is available at the following link: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/childcare-providers-and-inspections-as-at-31-march-2019/childcare-providers-and-inspections-as-at-31-march-2019-main-findings"