The early years education recovery (EYER) programme provides workforce training, qualifications, and support for early years settings to help address the impact of the pandemic on the youngest and most disadvantaged children in England. The programme includes a range of strands of activity that provide targeted support to practitioners, leaders and settings.
Three strands are excluded from this publication:
- National professional qualification in early years leadership (NPQEYL)
- Early years initial teacher training (EYITT)
- Home learning environment (HLE) training
For two of the strands of activity, national professional qualification in early years leadership and early years initial teacher training, management information data is published through other releases.
NPQEYL data can be found here Teacher and Leader development: ECF and NPQs, Academic year 2022/23 – Explore education statistics
EYITT data can be found here Initial Teacher Training Census, Academic year 2023/24 – Explore education statistics
For one of the strands, home learning environment, the data will be published at a later date as part of the Family Hubs programme.
More detailed information on each strand can be found here: Early years education recovery programme and in the methodology section of this release.
The data collection window varies between the different strands of the programme. See each individual strand for more information about when data collection began and ended.
We refer in the publication to:
A registration is an instance of a setting or practitioner signing up to a strand within the dates provided for each strand, not the number of settings or practitioners that have completed a strand.
(Identified from the Ofsted register). providers registered with Ofsted and operating on non-domestic premises. The two main types of group-based providers included in this report are:
Private group-based providers: These are private companies and include employer-run childcare for employees.
Voluntary group-based providers: These are voluntary organisations, including community groups, charities, churches, or religious groups.
(Identified from the School Census). The two types of school-based providers are:
Maintained nursery schools: These are purpose-built maintained schools specifically for children in their early years and with a qualified teacher present.
Nursery class childcare settings: These are other maintained schools, and non-maintained schools, offering nursery provision.
Ofsted-registered and childminder agency (CMA) registered childminders providing early years care and operating in domestic settings. CMAs are organisations that can register and quality assure childminders and providers of ‘childcare on domestic premises’ as an alternative to registering with Ofsted.
Childminders can work alone or with up to 2 childminders at any one time. If a childminder works with 3 or more other childminders or assistants, they are classed as providing childcare on domestic premises.
All state funded primary schools in England, including community schools, foundation and voluntary schools, academies, free schools, special schools and faith schools.
A separate breakdown for primary schools is only included for NELI where the programme is exclusively available to this group.
Future early years education recovery programme publications
Future publications of management information data for the early years education recovery programme are planned for Summer 2024 and Spring 2025. These are planned to include:
- Updated delivery data for each strand
- Strand delivery data broken down by local authority
- Strand completion rates