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Cass School of Education and Communities Seminar 13.00 to 14.00 p.m. Wednesday 29 November 2017

You are warmly invited to the research seminar below:


The 30 hours of free childcare policy: why was it introduced and will it work?

Ivana La Valle, Visiting Scholar attached to the International Centre for the Mixed Economy of Childcare – ICMEC


Cass School of Education and Communities

13.00 to 14.00 p.m. Wednesday 29 November 2017


Room Ed 2.4

University of East London

Stratford Campus Water Lane

London E15 4 LZ


During the 2015 general election campaign the Conservative party surprised many in the early years sector by pledging to extend the free entitlement to early education and childcare (EEC) from 15 to 30 hours a week for 3 and 4 year olds from working families in England. The new Conservative administration wasted no time and shortly after its electionannounced the early implementation of the programme in a small number of areas before its national rollout in September 2017.

The presentation will consider the rationale for extending the free entitlement: was the decision influenced by evidence that this was the best way of investingnew early years funding or was it driven by political expediency? Drawing on the findings from evaluations of areas where the policy was introduced before the national rollout, the presentation will also consider: whether families will be able to access the extended free entitlement, whether the entitlement will be really free and who will be the policy winners and losers. Ivana LaValle was co-director of the DFE funded evaluation of the early implementation and early roll-out phases of this initiative.


Please contact Professor Eva Lloyd: for further information and to confirm your place.


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