NDNA and Education Policy Institute study:
How coronavirus has impacted the early years sector

NDNA has teamed up with the Education Policy Institute for a year-long study looking at how coronavirus has impacted the early years sector.

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The purpose

The purpose of this project is to gain insight into the impact of COVID-19 on the early years workforce in England, Wales and Scotland, and to capture the evolving nature of the challenges over the next year. Read more about this study in our press release here. As you know NDNA is always speaking up for you at the national level and the best way to do this is with the latest evidence of what is happening on the ground. This allows us to take your experiences and voice and amplify it to make sure the sector is heard.

The focus

The focus will be on issues related to recruitment and retention of staff in the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector, and in particular on the consequences of the pandemic on staff qualification levels and on opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD). This survey is about collecting a snapshot in time to understand the workforce landscape before lockdown and the current picture now.

The process

The process involves filling in an online survey that takes approximately 20 minutes, it is open to members and non-members of NDNA. This project will consist of four quarterly surveys carried out between July 2020 and June 2021. You will be given the option to participate to any number or all of these. Key findings will be shared shortly after each survey closes and will enable researchers, policy-makers and the early years sector to understand the recruitment and retention challenges facing the sector.

What will you need to answer the surveys?

You’ll need information about your staff levels now and pre-COVID as well as an idea of the number of children you’re looking after now compared with this time last year. 

What stage are we currently at in the study?

The first survey closed on 26 August 2020 and the results are available below.

The second survey closed on 23 November 2020 and the results will be available here shortly. 

If you have any questions about the research study please contact: info@ndna.org.uk 

EPI survey #1 results and EPI survey #2 results available shortly