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Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): Study of the quality of childminder provision in England

Research report

The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) is a major study evaluating early education in England including the introduction of a funded entitlement to early education for two-year olds from disadvantaged families in England and Wales. Childminders play a huge role in provision for this age group but previously little in depth research has been done on them. This study examines the key characteristics of childminding provision and looks at:

• The characteristics and processes of childminder settings and what childminder quality looks like in practice
• The key components of process and structural quality for early years provision in childminder settings
• The relationship between the structural characteristics of childminder settings and the process quality of care and education they offer