SEED Report: Study of Quality of Early Years Provision in England

The latest in a series of reports from the SEED study, a major longitudinal study of early years education following almost 6,000 children in England from age two through to the end of KS1 (age seven), has been published. The report uncovers key factors associated with high-quality in childcare and early years settings.

As part of the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED), researchers measured quality in 1,000 childcare settings caring for children aged from two to four years old.

The study found that staff training and development, lower staff turnover and accepting a narrower range of ages at the setting were associated with higher quality provision across private, voluntary, nursery class and nursery school settings. A higher average level of staff qualification and having fewer children per member of staff were also associated with higher quality provision in private and voluntary settings.

A summary of the key findings of the report can be found here, while the entire report can be accessed here.