Structural Elements Of Quality Early Years Provision: A Review Of The Evidence

This EPI report brings together key sources related to structural quality in early years provision, focusing on the so-called ‘iron triangle’: workforce training and professional development, child-to-staff ratios and group size. Overall, the report found that structural elements have an impact on children’s outcomes across several domains, both socio-emotional as well as cognitive.

Children in England are spending an increasing amount of their early lives in government-funded early years childcare. However, despite the strong consensus that high-quality childcare provision can generate significant and sustained improvements in child outcomes, there remains a lack of clarity as to what this high-quality provision looks like in practice. 

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