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No shortcuts: quality and the free childcare extension

Gordon Cameron and Claire Harding

The aim of this report is to make sure that the value of children’s access to high quality provision is not compromised, and that delivering excellence remains a key objective in the provision of early education and childcare.

This report focuses on the implications of the 30 hour offer on the quality of childcare – this is because research shows that childcare only makes a difference to children’s educational outcomes when it is of high quality. It is based on case studies with a range of providers across England, focus groups with parents who use childcare, and interviews with expert informants in the field of childcare and early education.

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Research by the Family and Childcare Trust

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