Improving business skills in the early years and childcare sector

Wednesday 13 March 2013


This report outlines the findings from our evaluation of the 4Children business skills programme, funded by the Department for Education. Delivered over two years, the programme aimed to improve business knowledge and skills across the childcare and early years sectors. It involved three strands of work: training sessions on various business topics for providers, the development of online resources, and training for ‘local business champions’ involved in supporting providers. The evaluation used a theory-based approach and ran alongside the programme, and this report outlines some of the immediate and longer-term impacts based on primary and secondary research.