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Provider survey reveals scale of childcare workforce crisis

Few parts of the children and families sector have been hit as hard by the pandemic as early years services. Shortages of staff and government funding have only been exacerbated by Covid-19 as demand for places has failed to return to pre-pandemic levels resulting in settings closing.

Five key pandemic lessons that can make childcare businesses stronger

The early years sector has a diverse range of service providers – from home-based childminders with an annual turnover of £25,000 through to private-sector run super-chains of nurseries employing thousands of staff in dozens of sites across the country – trying to navigate a complex regulatory and policy landscape, which changes regularly.