About the team

Professor Edward Melhuish

Professor Edward Melhuish
University of Oxford is part of the consortium working on the SEED study. Professor Edward Melhuish works at the Department of Education at Oxford. On SEED, he is the project co-director and academic lead. He leads a team at Oxford who are responsible for analysis of impact of early childhood education and care (ECEC) on child outcomes and for the study of quality of childcare provision.

Dr Gillian Paull

Dr Gillian Paull
Frontier Economics is a member of the SEED consortium responsible for the value for money strand. Dr Gillian Paull is a Senior Associate in Frontier’s public policy practice. She leads the SEED team at Frontier who are responsible for collection of childcare costs and funding data from early years settings and for linking these with impacts on child outcomes in order to estimate the value for money of early childhood education and care.

Sarah Read

Sarah Read
Action for Children took over from 4Children as a member of the SEED consortium. Sarah Read leads the team at Action for Children who are responsible for carrying out quality assessments at group-based early years settings and at childminders, as well as for contributing their expertise to other aspects of the evaluation.

Dr Svetlana Speight

Dr Svetlana Speight
The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) leads on the SEED study. NatCen is responsible for the overall design, delivery and quality of the evaluation. Dr Svetlana Speight is a Research Director at NatCen. On SEED, she is the Project Manager responsible for all aspects of the study. She is also the lead on the longitudinal survey of families (face-to-face surveys at ages 2, 3, 4 and 5, surveys of early years practitioners and teachers, and linking with administrative data from the National Pupil Database until the children are age 7). In addition to the longitudinal survey, NatCen led on a number of qualitative studies on SEED focusing on good practice case studies, experiences of families with children with special educational needs and disabilities, Early Years Pupil Premium and experiences of childminders.

SEED is funded by the Department of Education and delivered by a consortium of four organisations. 

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