About Early Years

A robust sector research programme

From delivery costs to workforce challenges, reliable timely data on the early years and childcare sector is hard to come by. The About Early Years research programme was launched by independent EY research experts Ceeda, to fill this gap.

We carry out research across the year with a representative panel of registered day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders. Working with a sector-led advisory group, the programme delivers timely, relevant analysis you can use with confidence. Get involved and join the panel, you will enjoy tailored analysis to support your planning and inform policy direction too.       

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Early Years Workforce Roundtable: from evidence to action - tickets now on sale! 

Our comprehensive analysis of sector skills needs is out and available to download FREE! We'd love to hear your views on possible solutions to the challenges identified. Join us on January 31, for an afternoon of collaboration and creative thinking at the About Early Years Workforce Roundtable event, Grand Connaught Rooms, London. Speakers include June O’Sullivan MBE, Chief Executive of LEYF, Julie Hyde, Director at CACHE and Guy Browning business author, Sunday Times cartoonist and 'outrageous optimist.' 

Roundtable discussions will be facilitated by key sector figures, including Liz Roberts, Editor of Nursery World, Jennie Johnson MBE, CEO of Kids Allowed, David Wright, England’s national representative for the World Forum Foundation on Early Care and Education, Michael Freeston, Director of Quality Improvement at the Pre-school Learning Alliance and more! Click here for event details and registration.   

Our annual report is out! 

All the latest figures on costs, funding shortfalls, capacity, quality, business confidence and operating conditions are rounded up in our annual report, a must read for every decision-maker in early years. 

"If the aim of the About Early Years annual report is to build a clear picture of the early years sector, then it has certainly succeeded with its robust, independent data and rigorous analysis of the current political and financial environment." Liz Roberts, Editor, Nursery World

Download free from our reports page, or order our enhanced report package with supporting spreadsheets.