§ Richard Younger-Ross
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care professionals the Government estimate are working in the U K. 
§ Estelle Morris
The latest published Childcare Workforce Survey shows that in spring 2001 there were 274,520 paid employees, working in nurseries (94,294), playgroups (79,800), Out of School Clubs (28,126) and child minders (72,300), in England.
The latest quarterly Labour Force Survey for spring 2001, which uses a wider definition of child care and covers the whole of the UK, shows that there were 305,000 paid employees within the child care sector.