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NEWS: Childcare During Covid-19 research project

Childcare During Covid-19 is a research project which seeks to understand the impact of the pandemic on the childcare sector in England and Wales. The aim of this project is to gather evidence of the challenges that the pandemic poses for the sector and ways in which practitioners and families can be supported. This research is supported by the Centre of Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) at Leeds University Business School, the University of Bristol and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and UKRI.

They would like to hear from Childcare Practitioners and Nursery Managers who are able to talk about their experience and knowledge of providing childcare during the pandemic, and the positive change that is needed for families, staff and the wider community.

In order to capture the longer-term implications of Covid-19, the research project is split into two time points – November 2020 and six months later in April 2021 (a year after the start of lockdown). In order to participate in the research, you will need to be willing to participate in both sections.

Research questions:

  • What are the key pressures on EY childcare provision in England and Wales as a result of COVID-19?
  • How will the landscape of formal and informal childcare provision change during and after COVID-19?
  • How can sufficient provision be ensured and made sustainable and safe for providers, staff and families?
  • How can new knowledge and innovations in policy and best practice solutions forge a more resilient and sustainable future for the EY childcare sector in England and Wales?

Register your interest in this research and find more information here.

The deadline for expressing an interest in this research is 14th December 2020.