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Numbers of childminders goes down.

Numbers of childminders goes down.

There has been a significant fall in the number of registered childminders in England, figures from Ofsted show.

New data shows there are now nearly 16,000 fewer registered childminders than around six years ago.

Overall, there were 41,700 registered with the watchdog, Ofsted, at the end of March - down by 27% (15,700) since the end of August 2012.

Campaigners say the situation is "simply unacceptable" and are calling for the government to take action.

The figures also show that there has been a drop of 600 since the end of last year alone.

    

Ofsted statisticians said that between December 2017 and March, 1,300 childminders left the sector, while 800 joined.

The childminders who left during this period had been registered for around nine years on average.

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