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    • Daycare For practitioners

      Do you work in the early years sector? This is your chance to share your thoughts, influence policy and practice and be rewarded for your time!

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    • Boy playing with toys For nurseries

      We believe that this research can provide valuable insights into the journeys that individuals follow and their reasons for entering and remaining in (and potentially leaving) the early years profession, as well as what helps and hinders leaders in the sector from recruiting and developing great staff. These are two key gaps in the qualitative evidence base.

      By taking part you will provide new insight into the early years workforce. This insight will be used to provide policy-makers with evidence-based recommendations, which we hope will improve the quality of early years provision. Ultimately, this has the potential to narrow the socio-economic gap as children’s educational outcomes are improved.

      Taking part is voluntary but we hope that you will take this opportunity to contribute to this important study.

  • Why have I been chosen to take part?

    We want to speak to a wide range of early years professionals about their experiences.

    We chose your setting based on its geographical location, size, setting type and Ofsted rating to make sure we include people working in a range of early years settings across the country.

    We have invited you to take part because of the unique perspective that you can provide. We hope that you will share this perspective with us.

    • Daycare Information for Local Authorities

      Why are we getting in touch?

      We have reached out to a range of local authorities to request the contact details of all registered childcare providers in that area. From this list we will then invite settings and individuals to take part.

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  • What’s involved?

    Taking part involves completing an interview face-to-face or by telephone with one of our researchers at a time that is convenient for you.

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  • FAQ

    Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions here.

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  • Where can I find out more?

    For anything not covered here, please call 0207 549 9564 or 0207 549 7146 or email One our staff will get back to you to answer your query as soon as possible.

    If you would like to contact the Education Policy Institute about this project, you can email

  • Who are NatCen?

    We’re Britain’s largest independent social research agency. For the last 50 years we’ve worked on behalf of government and charities to find out what people really think about important social issues and how Britain is run. 

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  • Privacy notice

    In this privacy notice, we explain the legal basis for data processing, who will have access to your personal data, how your data will be used, stored and deleted, and who you can contact with a query or a complaint.

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    • pink-handshake2 Our pledge to you

      Taking part is completely voluntary. You can choose to stop the interview at any point and if there is a question you do not want to answer, just let the researcher know.

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