Inequality in early years education
Think tank: The Sutton Trust
Author(s): The Sutton Trust
January 24, 2024
This report from UK think tank the Sutton Trust examines the key issues in early education and childcare alongside the policies of the main political parties.
This General Election policy briefing, the first in our new series of policy briefings ahead of the upcoming election, examines extensive evidence of the key issues in early education and childcare alongside the policies of the main political parties.
Early years provision has never been higher on the political agenda, but the current focus on its role as childcare is deprioritising its important role in providing high quality education.
The briefing highlights that if there is no change in this focus and approach, the next government risks widening the learning gap between disadvantaged young children and their peers and worsening the quality of education for all young children.