Jun
04

Crunch time? Sustaining and improving the early years and childcare sector through COVID-19 and beyond

By Nuffield Foundation

Information


The last 20 years has witnessed an unprecedented expansion in early years and childcare provision. But the COVID-19 pandemic poses profound questions for its future. This webinar will explore how the pandemic has impacted early years and childcare provision, with a focus on the challenges facing the early years workforce and young children from disadvantaged families.

Drawing on the latest research evidence and experience relating to early years provision, the panel will consider the policy interventions necessary to sustain and improve the early years sector through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. How durable is provision – particularly the private childcare sector – as the disruption from the pandemic continues? What opportunities are there for early years provision to help young children to make up lost ground and support the most disadvantaged families?

This webinar is part of our new Changing face of early childhood in Britain series, which brings together the research evidence on early childhood in the UK and present recommendations for policy and practice, as well as priorities for research. Our aim is to engage with all those with an interest in early childhood, including all tiers of government and statutory agencies and those working in early years provision and childcare, public health, schools, children’s social services, GPs, health professionals and parents.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with Molly Imrie, Events & Communications Officer (mimrie@nuffieldfoundation.org)

Speakers


  • Carey Oppenheim
    Cross Cutting Project Lead, Early Childhood
    Nuffield Foundation
  • Jordan Rehill
    Researcher
    Nuffield Foundation
  • Dr Sara Bonetti
    Director of Early Years
    Education Policy Institute
  • Dr Julian Grenier
    Head Teacher
    Sheringham Nursery School & Children’s Centre
  • Professor Eva Lloyd OBE
    Professor of Early Childhood, University of East London
    Director of the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare - ICMEC
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