ABOUT EARLY YEARS
A sponsored sector research programme
For too long now the early years sector has struggled to get timely information to guide management and investment decisions and shape policy direction. From delivery costs to workforce challenges, reliable timely sector data is hard to come by, leaving many questions. What will our delivery costs be this time next year, will this be sustainable? Is our pay structure competitive? Are our occupancy levels typical? If we invest in future growth will there be the demand? Why are we struggling to recruit, will reinstatement of functional skills solve the problem? Over the coming months and years you will find the answers here.
We are recruiting a representative panel of 3,000 private, voluntary and independent nurseries and pre-schools and 1,000 childmniders in England. Vital statistics such as occupancy, staff vacancies and places will be collected three times a year PLUS each wave will cover one of three themes in depth: Early Years Workforce, Finance and Sustainability and Quality and Capacity. A round-up of official statistics on factors driving demand will complete the picture. Findings will be freely available on-line, delivering meaningful evidence you can access quickly and use with confidence.
History tells us no single sector body can fund a programme of the scale and frequency required. Government led research has not filled the gap. We think families deserve well informed early years education and childcare policies which support the life chances of every child - if you agree please sponsor this research programme. We are delighted to have the support of the Pre-school Learning Alliance as founding sponsor, and leading organisations including the London Early Years Foundation and Nursery World playing a key role.
Having worked in early years research for almost two decades the Ceeda team bring the understanding required to deliver this year on year research programme. To ensure the data we collect addresses sector needs and is meaningful to those who will use it, our work will also be informed by a sector advisory group, drawn from project sponsors and leading sector experts.