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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Counting the cost in 2019 - a £662 million funding deficit

Latest research with the panel in spring 2019 finds delivery costs have risen and funding gaps have widened.

Average delivery costs across England are now £7.22 for 2 year olds and £5.36 for 3 to 4s. The gap between average funding rates and providers costs is now 37% for 2 year old places and 20% for 3 to 4s.

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Early Years Workforce Roundtable: from evidence to action 

 A brilliant and wide-ranging discussion was had at the About Early Years Workforce Roundtable in January. Download all the insights, including speaker presentations and thoughts and ideas shared in discussions HERE.

We are delighted to say that wheels are in motion to launch an exciting new project to progress priorities identified at the event......announcement to follow soon! Register for our newsletter to make sure we keep you posted.