Ideas in Practice: Has Covid-19 left early-years settings in crisis?

We are delighted to invite you to our Ideas in Practice event on 21 July exploring whether Covid-19 has left early-years settings in crisis with evidence from nurseries in England and Wales.

Please register here.

The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector has been disrupted and reorganized during the Covid-19 pandemic. These disruptions have impacted on working parents and disproportionately on women workers. They have also had serious implications for providers in the sector and its predominantly female workforce. In this lunchtime webinar - the first in a series of presentations on our UKRI/ESRC-funded Childcare during Covid project - we will present findings from our research on nurseries in England and Wales. This includes survey data from 821 nursery managers and in-depth interview data with 38 nursery managers and 44 nursery workers. We will reflect on:

  • How nursery providers have organised their childcare workers in response to COVID
  • How COVID has affected attendance and the use of statutory childcare entitlement
  • The financial implications of COVID and what nurseries are doing to stay afloat
  • What the disruptions might mean for the future sustainability of the ECEC sector, including working conditions and finances

Please contact Lucy Simpson (Research Impact and Engagement Officer) with any queries relating to this event on