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SEED: qualifications and CPD highlighted in quality report


Higher average staff qualifications and higher staff to child ratios link to quality in private and voluntary settings Settings caring for three- to four-year-olds scored slightly higher than those caring for two-year-olds

The quality of early education and childcare in nurseries has risen over the past 15 years, and staff qualification levels appear to have improved, according to the latest findings of the Government-funded SEED study.

The report is from the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED), which started in 2013 and is following 6,000 children from the age of two to the end of Key Stage 1.

The research is being undertaken by the National Centre for Social Research, Action for Children, Oxford University and Frontier Economics.

The latest report’s main objectives were to explore the distribution of quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in different group settings for two-, three- and four-year-olds, as well as the relationship between the characteristics of a setting and the quality of care and education it offers.