Childcare: a strategic national priority?
Early years and childcare provision promote child development, support parents to work and advance gender equality. While there have been significant improvements in provision for children and families in the UK over the last 15 years, services remain patchy in some areas, costly, and of inconsistent quality.
With public spending cuts in operation for the foreseeable future, this project from the Institute for Public Policy Research aims to examine the current provision of childcare across the UK and consider what approach to its funding and supply would achieve the best social and economic outcomes in the years ahead.
Beginning with a comparative study of OECD countries, Graeme Cooke will head a team who will analyse the link between childcare and key social and economic goals, and develop practical and feasible policy ideas for the current fiscal climate.
Grant amount and duration:
November 2012 - December 2013
- Identifying ‘quality’ in childcare
- Cognitive and Educational Foundations of Preschool Mathematics
- The influence of cognition and the home environment on early numeracy
- Professional learning in early years education: reviewing the evidence
- Segregation of early years settings: patterns, drivers and outcomes
- Public funding of early years education in England
- Looked after children in England