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? About Early Years will provide the answers - see the latest bulletin here.
Our research is carried out with a representative panel of private, voluntary and independent childcare providers. To date over 1,700 nurseries and pre-schools and more than 440 childminders have joined the panel. Panellists are surveyed on key sector issues, providing regular measures of occupancy, staff vacancies and childcare places as well as exploring three themes in depth - the early years Workforce, finance and sustainability, and quality and capacity. Coupled with analysis of official statistics, the programme delivers meaningful evidence you can access quickly and use with confidence. Research findings are freely available on this website, and via regular news bulletins.
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 priorities and is meaningful to those who need to use it, our work is also informed by a sector advisory group, drawn from project sponsors and leading sector experts.