Take-up of Free Early Education Entitlement
Published: May 2018
Recent evidence confirms that early education has benefits for children’s cognitive, social and emotional development.
However, there are marked regional differences in take-up of Government-funded free early education entitlements. Most notably, in London there are lower rates of take-up of the disadvantaged 2 year old offer, and declining rates in take-up of the universal entitlement of 15 hours for 3 and 4 year olds than elsewhere in England.
The Department for Education has commissioned NatCen to gather evidence about:
- Reasons for patterns of lower and declining early education entitlement take-up in London
- Whether factors affecting take-up in London are affecting other areas in England
- What local authorities and providers are doing to increase take-up, what else they could do, and what support is needed.
- Analysis of secondary data
- Rapid assessment of evidence
- Qualitative research with local authorities, early education and childcare providers and parents.
- Interviews: April –May 2018
- Analysis and reporting: May-July 2018