About Early Years

A robust sector research programme

From delivery costs to workforce challenges, the comprehensive About Early Years research programme was launched in 2017 by independent EY research experts, Ceeda. We produce evidence and insight to inform early years policy and practice, both at a national level and within individual settings.

Research is conducted 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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Covid -19 tracker - weekly monitoring of sector impact 

Help track pandemic impact and recovery and take part in Ceeda's weekly Covid-19 tracker. Click HERE to find out more.

See all the latest figures on occupancy and Covid-19 infections HERE



Latest cost modelling shows sector sustainability is under threat 

Our latest financial analysis shows early years settings are currently facing significant losses resulting from free-falling occupancy and years of government under-investment. As of 8 June, early years providers in England were operating at average occupancy levels of just 37%, compared to 77% in spring 2019. Read about the impact on providers' costs HERE