Alliance reports and research

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As the voice of the early years sector, we are committed to speaking out on your behalf. 

We have a proud history of successful campaigning, and working with early years professionals, peer organisations and policymakers to affect positive change in the early years sector.

Conducting research and collecting data are key to our advocacy work to ensure that when we approach the media and make representations to government, we are giving a clear evidence-based picture of what is happening on the front line of early years education.

You can read our reports and research by clicking on the titles and links below.

Too Little Too Late report  Breaking Point  

 The Forgotten Sector  Minds Matter

Freedom of Information investigation findings


In December 2018, the Alliance filed a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to the Department for Education asking for the thinking behind the early years funding rates that were announced in 2015, which came into effect in 2017. After a two-and-a-half year battle, the DfE has finally made this information available to the Alliance.

The information – a series of private government briefing documents – reveals that government knew that the proposed funding levels, alongside the introduction of the 30 hours, would lead to increased costs for parents of younger children.

Read the findings in full





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