Today the Government has released a number of reports concerning the early years and government-funded early education and childcare.
We have provided a brief overview below and will summarise information particularly relevant for PACEY members in the coming weeks.
Funded early education & 30 hours
The Government has commissioned research on Childminders' views on funded early education, to "provide in-depth analysis exploring how childminders operate within the context of delivering funded provision".
Another report looks at 'Parents' View and Demand for 30 hours of Free Childcare' which explores the likely parental demand for 30 hours.
Supporting children with additional needs
A report was published around the experiences of children with special education needs and disability (SEND) in early years settings.
The Government has also commissioned research on the experiences of the Early Years Pupil Premium as part of the long-term government-funded Study of Early Education and Development (SEED).
This is accompanied by the Early Years Pupil Premium Survey, which was conducted with early years providers, to explore their awareness and usage of EYPP.
Two further reports have a focus on early education. The Good Practice in Early Education report examines good practice in early education as another component of the SEED study.
The Cost and Funding of Early Education analyses the actual cost of providing early education and childcare, looking at issues such as the differences between different provider types and regions in England; the impact of quality on price; and the cost of providing places to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).