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Essential but undervalued: early years care & education during COVID-19

A major study examining the effect on of the pandemic of the early years sector, its workforce and the families who rely on it. Drawing on two waves of surveys with 5,542 responses and 321 interviews with 197 participants including nursery managers and workers, childminders, nannies, parents and grandparents. The findings demonstrate the financial pressures experienced within the sector, their uneven impact and the ways in which the pandemic has exacerbated existing intra- and inter-household inequalities. This project was funded by the ESRC as part of the UK Research & Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19.
Authors: Dr Kate Hardy, Professor Jennifer Tomlinson, Dr Helen Norman, Dr Katie Cruz, Dr Xanthe Whittaker, Dr Nathan Archer.