About the study

What is SEED?

The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) is a major new longitudinal study which will follow 8,000 two-year-olds from across England through to the end of KS1. It will find out how childcare and early education can help to give children the best start in life and what is important for high quality childcare provision. The study is being carried out by NatCen Social Research, working with Frontier Economics, the University of Oxford and Action for Children, on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE).

What will the study involve?

We’ll be interviewing families in their homes when their children are aged two, three and four. We’re also going to be visiting 1,000 childcare settings being used by the children in our study, to look at the experiences they offer and how they establish good practice. Other strands of activity include case studies focused on childminders and provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities, as well as a value for money assessment.

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