About Early Years

A robust sector research programme

From delivery costs to workforce challenges, the comprehensive About Early Years research programme was launched in 2017 by independent EY research experts, Ceeda. We produce evidence and insight to inform early years policy and practice, both at a national level and within individual settings.

Research is conducted across the year with a representative panel of registered day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders in England. 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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Tracking sector contribution and impact through a new Covid-19 data portal

A new data portal launched by Ceeda will track attendance at settings during the pandemic lockdown. For all the latest figures visit our reports page, where bulletins are free to download, or register for our news bulletins for future updates. 


The 2019 About EY workforce survey is out! 

Latest feedback from the About EY research panel shows that despite in-year growth of 4% on level three qualification awards, recruitment challenges show no signs of easing. Persistent recruitment and retention challenges are leading to increased workplace stress and longer waiting lists. What the report also highlights however, is the passion and commitment of early years staff, to careers which shape children's futures. 

Download the full report FREE from our reports page.