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Early years and childcare can serve three purposes in modern welfare states: promoting child development, supporting parents to work and advancing gender equality. Both the government and the Labour party have established childcare commissions, acknowledging the importance of provision in balancing parental work and care needs, and in children’s cognitive and social development.

The government’s Childcare Commission’s proposals are likely to have a significant impact on the childminding sector including: ending individual childminder registration and inspection; relaxing requirements for childminders to deliver EYFS; changes to adult:child ratios and the development of childminder agencies. This project will look at the response of the sector to these proposals to gain the impact on the affordability of childcare, the stability and accessibility of care and the quality of provision.

There are two stages to the project:

  • Policy review: a brief summarise of the policy context drawing on Government sources, commentary from policymakers, and existing literature from the early years sector
  • Childminder survey: to gain up-to-date insight from childminders into their opinions on the impact of changes, and sector priorities for delivering stable and high-quality provision

The research will culminate in a policy briefing, drawing together the evidence from the sector and recommendations for change based on the needs of parents, children and the sector. This will be published, and findings will also be incorporated into our flagship project looking more widely at reforms in early years education and care: Childcare, a national strategic priority.

This project is generously supported by the Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years (PACEY)