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Take-up of Free Early Education Entitlement

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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.

 

Aims

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.

 

Methods

  • Analysis of secondary data
  • Rapid assessment of evidence
  • Qualitative research with local authorities, early education and childcare providers and parents.

 

Timing

  • Interviews: April –May 2018
  • Analysis and reporting: May-July 2018