This rapid response presents current research on the impact of the pandemic on the ECEC sector in England and the impact of changes in access to ECEC on pre-school children.
- 26 January 2021, 09:30 to 10:30 GMT
- This closed briefing is open to parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.
- We can extend invitations to attend to government officials and civil servants. If you belong to one of these groups please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your attendance.
The national census for England and Wales will take place on 21 March 2021. The census is conducted every ten years and collects valuable and detailed information about every household. The data is used to shape policy, allocate resources, plan public services and monitor equality. For the first time, this will be a digital-first census, with targeted support and activities to maximise participation across all communities.
In this closed briefing, speakers from the Office for National Statistics will give an overview of the plans for the 2021 census, including its operation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and significant changes since 2011. Discussion will also focus on public engagement, data accessibility of census outputs and perspectives on the future of a decennial census in the digital age. Speakers from the House of Commons Library will reflect on the value of census data for parliamentary scrutiny and in providing research services, and how the needs of Parliament for social data are evolving.
Cassie Barton – Library Clerk, Social and General Statistics Section, House of Commons Library
Iain Bell – Deputy National Statistician for Population and Public Policy, ONS
Nicola Tyson-Payne – Interim Director of Transformation, Population and Public Policy, ONS
Penny Young – House of Commons Librarian
Chair’s closing remarks
Who can join
This briefing is open to parliamentarians, parliamentary staff, Government officials and public servant.
"Smart cities" describes places that incorporate a range of technologies (especially those that collect and use data) to address economic, social, and environmental challenges. Projects usually take place in urban areas, but are also deployed in rural settings. This POSTnote looks at smart city innovation in the UK and the technologies involved. It considers the factors driving the adoption of smart city technologies, and the potential benefits, barriers and risks associated with their implementation.
Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) refers to education and childcare provided in regulated settings from birth to the start of primary school. This POSTnote summarises the evidence on the association between ECEC and children’s development in England and the key factors that affect this. It also covers the impact of government-funded ECEC places on families and the sector, and stakeholder perspectives on public policy priorities.