||<p>The information requested is not held centrally. The department’s annual childcare
and early years provider survey provides an estimate on the size of the early years’
workforce. Based on the 2018 survey findings, there are an estimated 430,500 staff
working in early years provision (including staff in school nurseries and reception
classes). This information is available at the following link: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/788753/Survey_of_Childcare_and_Early_Years_Providers_2018_Main_Summary.pdf"