The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is largely funded by the DCSF and helps to co-ordinate the way that the various agencies with a stake in childcare work together, as well as providing a voice for employers in shaping the future direction of policy in this area. Their website is well worth visiting if you are taking any kind of early years course within the College.
Like many other organisations in the sector, the CWDC also publishes research / reports relating to it's work. Two of its recent publications will be of interest to some of our readers:
The Composition, Needs and Aspirations of the Nanny Workforce in England claims to be "the first comprehensive profile" of this area; the report is made up of the results of a survey involving 888 nannies and 55 nanny agencies.
Evaluation of the Career Developments of Early Years Professionals (EYPs) summarises the findings of a survey carried out between October 2007 and May 2008. Graduates who had achieved EYPS were contacted a few months later to talk about the impact on their practice, career prospects and salary.