Ceeda's latest research

Two fifths of providers receive less funding than in 2013/2014

More than two in every five (44%) nurseries, pre-schools and childminders in England are receiving less funding, in real-terms, than they were five years ago. Read More

Counting the cost in 2018

Nurseries and pre-schools face a funding shortfall of over half a billion this year, finds the latest research from Ceeda. Read More

The first term of 30-hours - all the need-to-know figures

The autumn #AboutEY survey wave shows most nurseries and pre-schools are offering 30-hour places in some form, but are they really free? Read More

Sector health check from the About Early Years research programme

The first wave of the new sector research programme 'About early Years' finds major recruitment difficulties, a decline in workforce qualification levels and average occupancy levels of 69%. Read More

Staffing shortage threatens delivery of flagship 30-hour childcare offer

Childcare settings in England are struggling to recruit the staff they need to deliver 30 hours free childcare for working families, a new study from independent analysts Ceeda has found. Research conducted by Ceeda in July and August 2017 shows almost one in two (45%) private and voluntary sector day nurseries and pre-schools have vacancies, totalling an estimated 24,600 posts. Read More

Seeing the road ahead with a large scale sector-led research programme

About Early Years is an exciting new research programme about and for the early years sector. It’s different. Led by independent research company Ceeda, informed by a sector advisory group and sponsored by organisations with a passion for early education, it will collect large-scale sector data three times a year, year-on-year. Read More

Government underestimates eligibility for 30 hour offer

Up to 500,000 children could be eligible for 30 hours free childcare in 2017/18, 28% higher than Government estimates, finds research, commissioned by the Pre-school Learning Alliance and delivered by Ceeda. Read More

Staff to minimum ratios and save 15% on delivery costs says DfE

Concerns remain about funding levels in early years and the impact that new rates may have on the quality of care. Read More

Increase staffing flexibility to reduce costs?

With the introduction of a National Living Wage fast approaching, the Department for Education’s review of childcare delivery costs suggests settings should increase staffing efficiency and flexibility to run their businesses more effectively. What does this mean in practice? Read More

Why do parents choose your nursery?

Ceeda research reveals that location is the most common driver of decisions on nursery choice, above price and inspection outcome Read More

The questions behind the numbers

National hourly funding rates of £4.88 for 3 to 4 year olds (including Early Years Pupil Premium) and £5.39 for two year olds were announced in the Government’s Autumn Spending Review. Are these rates enough and what lies beneath the numbers? Read More

Autumn Spending Review

National hourly funding rates of £4.88 for 3 to 4 year olds (including EYPP), £5.39 for two year olds and narrower eligibility criteria for the 30 hour offer were among the key announcements in the Government’s Spending Review. Ceeda forecasts suggest these increases, whilst welcome, will leave significant funding gaps. Read More

Counting the Cost of a National Living Wage

How will the introduction of a National Living Wage impact on the cost of delivering funded places? Ceeda looks to the future with this forecast of delivery costs Read More

Learning from leavers feedback

Latest results from the Ceeda national leaver survey flag the importance of staff retention. Read the key findings published in Teach Nursery. Read More

Ceeda parent surveys show parent partnerships are strong

Effective communication is at the heart of strong parent partnerships, hear how technology can play a helping hand Read More

One chance to make a first impression

Hear how to make an impression before and during those vital show rounds. Read More

On the move

Moving rooms can be unsettling for children and parents alike. Hear about parent's experiences reported in the Ceeda room mover survey Read More

Motivating and rewarding your team in a challenging funding environment

How can you motivate and reward your team in a challenging funding environment? Hear the headlines from Ceeda's early years workforce survey and tips from LEYF's Neil King on how to motivate your team Read More

Counting the cost

A major national study into the cost of delivering funded childcare places in private voluntary and independent (PVI) childcare settings Read More

Are you getting things off to a good start?

Are you getting things off to a good start for families? The Ceeda settling in survey tracks parents experience in those critical early weeks and months Read More

Ceeda Benchmark is Goldust

Managing Director at Bertram Nurseries Group shares his experience of using parent feedback to enhance quality and parent partnerships at Bertram, first featured in Teach Nursery Read More