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 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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Early Years Workforce Roundtable: from evidence to action 

A brilliant and wide-ranging discussion was had at the recent About Early Years Workforce Roundtable, with thought provoking presentations from June O’Sullivan MBE, Chief Executive of LEYF, Julie Hyde, Director at CACHE and Guy Browning, Sunday Times cartoonist and Guardian columnist. Download all the insights, including speaker presentations and thoughts and ideas shared in discussions HERE. We look forward to sharing news on any future developments occurring as a result of the event - register for our newsletter to make sure we keep you posted.   

Counting the cost in 2019 - a £662 million funding deficit

Latest research with the panel in spring 2019 finds delivery costs have risen and funding gaps have widened.

Average delivery costs across England are now £7.22 for 2 year olds and £5.36 for 3 to 4s. The gap between average funding rates and providers costs is now 37% for 2 year old places and 20% for 3 to 4s.

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