The Pre-Primary Education industry includes a range of providers, such as local authority nursery schools, privately funded schools, community organisations and private, for-profit businesses. Nurseries primarily cater to three- and four-year-olds, although operators are increasingly expanding their services to offer childcare for even younger children. Although nurseries are essential services for many working parents, the industry is not completely protected from wider economic conditions in the United Kingdom. Industry revenue declined over the two years through 2011-12, as industry operators were still feeling the recessionary crunch.
Pre-primary education is offered to children up to the age of five before they start primary school. Nursery education, as it is commonly known, is provided by each of the constituent governments of the United Kingdom. The industry includes organised instruction delivered through nursery schools and nursery classes. Programmes offered by child day-care centres and services provided by childminders are excluded from the industry.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.