Evaluation of Progress for Success

Duggan, Brett; Glover, Alison; Lane, Jennifer and Lewis, Sioned (2023). Evaluation of Progress for Success. The Welsh Government, Cardiff, Wales.

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This report presents the findings of an evaluation of Progress for Success, a Welsh Government operation to upskill the existing Childcare and Play workforce. Arad Research was commissioned by the Welsh Government to undertake an independent evaluation to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of Progress for Success.

Progress for Success provided funding to support existing childcare and play workers to undertake recognised qualifications to increase and enhance their skills. The aim of Progress for Success was to support improvements to the quality of provision offered to children, reflecting evidence that a highly-skilled workforce leads to better future educational outcomes for children. Those eligible to access support through the operation were existing employed practitioners aged over 25 years within both the maintained and non-maintained sectors, including self-employed registered childminders.

The evaluation provides recommendations for future policies supporting skills development in the sector. The report presents findings for both West Wales and the Valleys and East Wales, highlighting any differences in delivery methods and findings between the two regions.

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