Meet our sponsors and partners

This research programme would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners. We are delighted to have the backing of leading early years organisations from the outset of this project and invite all with an interest in early years to get involved. Find our more about sponsorship opportunities here


Founding Sponsor  

We are delighted that the Pre-school Learning Alliance is taking a lead role as founding sponsor of the About Early Years programme. 

“Having worked with Ceeda on a number of research projects, we are pleased and excited to be part of this exciting new venture. We know first-hand the value of robust, independent early years research and at a time of intense sector debate, About Early Years will provide a vital intelligence base from which to inform and influence early years policy.” Neil Leitch, Chief Executive, Pre-school Learning Alliance 



 Media Partner 

"As the leading magazine and website for the early years community, Nursery World is delighted to be the media partner for About Early Years. For too long, policy and business decisions in the early years sector have been made without sufficient, robust data to inform them. With the new Early Years National Funding Formula in place, the full roll-out of the 30 hours programme approaching, the Workforce Strategy released, and a whole host of cost pressures for providers, it is crucial that independent, large-scale research and analysis is available, and Nursery World is very keen to play its part." Liz Roberts, Editor, Nursery World

Our headline sponsors

Quality and Capacity Theme Sponsor

An award-winning childcare social enterprise, LEYF aims to change the world one child at a time in our 38 nurseries. We offer high quality care and education to all children, regardless of their background.

 Technology Sponsor

Our mission is to improve the lives of children, globally. We can only achieve this by working with childcare professionals to create the very best tools, so that nursery management is easy & efficient and child development is always the main focus.

 And all our generous supporters

  • Rated ‘Extraordinary’ for six years running by Best Companies, and a Sunday Times ‘Top UK workplace’ for over a decade, the 2016/2017  Employee Owned Business of the Year, Childbase Partnership, has most of its 43 day nurseries  graded Ofsted ‘Outstanding’.

  • NEyTCO – The membership organisation for trainers, consultants, and researchers in the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector. Our core purpose is to meet the needs of our members, improve quality and impact children’s positive outcomes.

  • Fundamentally Children are experts in children. We support organisations at any stage: from research through product prototype testing, to accreditation services for toy and app developers, and marketing support. Fundamentally Children is also the independent accrediting body for the Children’s Activities Association.

  • We design and manufacture furniture and play equipment in the UK. Together with visionary educators, we have been creating beautiful learning environments for over 50 years.