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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The 2019 About Early Years annual report is out! Download FREE from our reports page

Your A to Z of trends and challenges in the early years sector, our annual report rounds-up research from across the year and all the latest official statistics, from capacity and occupancy, to the funding deficit and workforce challenges. 

With a funding gap of £662 million and a funding promise of just £66 million in the recent spending review the sector will be hoping for better news on 13 December. Election promises are coming thick and fast, and we will be costing election pledges as official manifestos are released. Register for our newsletter to get the latest updates.

But why stop at reading party manifestos? Why not come together with the sector and share your own ideas about policy solutions that could work for every child, deliver best value for the Treasury, support a thriving sector and give the early years workforce the status and pay they deserve? 

We invite you to join us in the #TheBigDebate, on 23 January in central London and at regional venues to be confirmed. With a new Government in place, and no doubt new promises to deliver, there will be lots to discuss. Read more about it HERE  

Download our annual report FREE from our reports page.  


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.