The stability of the early years workforce in England: An examination of national, regional and organizational barriers


This report sheds a light on some of these disparities for the early years workforce. It includes a review of the relevant literature; an analysis of quantitative data covering a large representative sample of workers in England; and 40 interviews with early years practitioners, setting managers and local policy-makers. The most common barriers identified in all three strands of research were pay, work demands, certain demographic characteristics, training and the organisational climate of the early years provider. 

The study addresses the following research questions:

  • How stable is the EY workforce in England?
  • What are the main barriers to stability?
  • How do these barriers vary by region?
  • How do these barriers vary by provider type?

Social Mobility Commission

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