Independent Evaluation of Childminder Agency Trials

Client: 

Department for Education

Childminder agencies were identified in the DfE strategy paper 'More Great Childcare' as a mechanism to drive up quality and standards within the childminding profession, and to boost numbers of new registrations.

Ecorys and Ipsos MORI undertook an evaluation of the trial phase, to gather early evidence for the effectiveness and outcomes of the childminder agency model(s) and to make recommendations to inform their potential wider rollout.

The methodology includes desk research and typology development; case study research; small-scale surveys of childminders and parents, and financial modelling.

The Department for Education has drafted a research report, based on the evidence from the independent evaluation.