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.

Timely, large scale sector insight  

We are recruiting a representative panel of 3,000 private, voluntary and independent nurseries and pre-schools and 1,000 childmniders in England. Surveyed three times a year, the panel provides regular measures of occupancy, staff vacancies and childcare places. Each wave also covers one of three themes in depth: Early Years Workforce, Finance and Sustainability and Quality and Capacity. Research findings are freely available on this website, and via regular news bulletins. The programme delivers meaningful evidence you can access quickly and use with confidence. 

Sponsored by people passionate about early education 

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

Independent and informed by a sector advisory group

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 needs and is meaningful to those who will use it, our work will also be informed by a sector advisory group, drawn from project sponsors and leading sector experts.  

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