Early Years Alliance launches ‘paperwork’ survey in attempt to tackle workload stress in early years

The Early Years Alliance, in partnership with Ofsted and the Department for Education, today (5 April 2019) launches a comprehensive survey of early years providers to better understand what paperwork is causing leaders, managers and practitioners the most stress at work. 

The survey is in response to findings from the Alliance’s 2018 Minds Matter report on mental health and wellbeing which found that 78% of practitioners considered paperwork and administration as being regular sources of stress. In preparation for the survey the Early Years Alliance held a series of focus groups to gather information from practitioners about workload demands. The survey builds on the work of the focus groups by providing an opportunity for all in the sector to give their views.

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance said: Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance said: “I constantly hear from managers and practitioners about workload stress and the impact it has on their quality of life at work and at home. It’s important we find out what’s causing it, and even more important we do something to change it.” 

“The Department for Education and Ofsted recognise there needs to be a proportionate approach to paperwork in the sector, so the Early Years Alliance welcomes this opportunity to work with them to identify the core concerns and find possible solutions.”

All early years providers have to complete paperwork to comply with regulatory frameworks, secure local authority funding, and meet parents’ needs. Further paperwork is required when children with special educational or additional needs (SEND) attend a setting. 

Early years providers – including nurseries, pre-schools, childminders and schools with early years provision - are invited to take part in this important survey which will be anonymous and takes only 10 minutes to complete. The survey closes on Friday 3 May and can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EYWorkload19.



About the Alliance

  • The Early Years Alliance (formerly the Pre-school Learning Alliance) is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England. A registered educational charity, it also provides high-quality affordable childcare and education to support children and families in areas of deprivation throughout the country.
  • The Alliance represents 14,000 member settings and supports them to deliver care and learning to more than 800,000 families every year. We deliver family learning projects, offer information and advice, produce specialist publications, run acclaimed training programmes and campaign to influence early years policy and practice.
  • The Alliance website is www.eyalliance.org.uk