Findings from the Focus Area
Inspectors conducted interviews in 37 ELC settings between September 2019 and February 2020. Thirty seven EE Leads and 37 Heads/Managers were interviewed. Of the settings included in the Focus Area, 33 were local authority providers, three were partner providers and one was a voluntary setting. Settings in 17 discrete Local Authority areas were featured in the Focus Area interviews. Prior to becoming EE Leads, graduates had been practitioners/teachers for an average of 11 years and eight months, ranging from six months to 29 years. Setting Heads/Managers had been in post for an average of four years and eight months, ranging from brand new in post to 29 years.
We have analysed responses to the closed and open questions and present key findings below. We also present the case studies for further context.