Seeing the road ahead

We are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new sector research programme - About Early Years. 

Led by independent researchers at Ceeda, informed by a sector advisory group and sponsored by organisations with a passion for early education, the programme will collect large-scale data on key sector issues, year on year. 

We are delighted that the Pre-school Learning Alliance is taking a lead role as founding sponsor of the About Early Years programme. A leading voice for the sector, the Alliance will ensure that the intelligence gathered is used to inform national policy direction.

London Early Years Foundation will also play a key strategic role as sponsor of the Quality and Capacity theme. Other early supporters include the Childbase Partnership, Connect Childcare and NEyTCO.

The research will collect key information on four core themes:

  • Drivers of demand - birth rates, employment patterns, economic trends and what they mean for childcare settings 
  • Sector capacity and quality - up to date information on places, occupancy and quality to help target investment and support the life chances of all children
  • Early years workforce - timely information on staff recruitment, retention and workforce development priorities to better understand entrenched workforce challenges and support all early years professionals in achieving their full potential
  • Market value and sustainability - up to date assessments of business performance and delivery costs, taking account of wage inflation, business rate revaluation, auto-enrolment and other cost pressures.

Fieldwork will start in May 2017. 

Get involved and join the research panel - find out more here