Help us and the DfE understand the impact of early education


What is SEED?

If you're not a participant and are interested in findings from SEED and related research, please visit the NatCen website. If you have been invited to take part in the study, read on.

The Department for Education has commissioned the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED). It is updating the evidence from EPPSE (Effective Primary, Pre-School and Secondary Education) and is a major new longitudinal study following nearly 6,000 two-year-olds to the end of Key Stage 1 (when the children will be seven years old). 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).

We are seeking the help of childcare providers and teachers for various aspects of SEED. We really hope that you will be able to take part and do your bit to champion Early Years policy.

Assessing Children’s Social Development

Exploring Quality of Childcare Provision

Value for Money

Good Practice Case Studies

Meeting children’s health, development and behavioural needs

Early Years Pupil Premium study