Professor Eva Lloyd
Professor of Early Childhood
Cass School of Education and Communities
Eva Lloyd is Professor of Early Childhood Cass School of Education and Communities and Director International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare (ICMEC). Eva's research focuses on the marketisation and privatisation of childcare and its relation to child poverty and social exclusion.
Eva’s interest in early childhood policy and practice goes back to 1985 when she joined the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the University of London's Institute of Education, after graduating in Psychology at UEL (then NELP). From the end of 1989 she spent next fifteen years with children's NGOs; working in policy and research for Save the Children and Barnardo's and as CEO of the National Early Years Network.
In 2013 Eva was awarded an Honorary OBE for Services to Education.
Eva has extensive experience of advising civil servants in the Department for Education and Department of Health on the development and implementation of early childhood policy.
Between 2010 and 2012 she was a member of an expert panel advising NICE on the development of its public health guidance on social and emotional wellbeing in the early years.
While Eva’s work focuses primarily on UK early years policies and their interface with child poverty strategies, she also has a strong interest in comparative policy research. She has experience of research relating to parent education programmes and evidence-base policy and practice, and was a member of the EPPI-Centre's Early Years Systematic Review Group led by UEL’s Professor Helen Penn.
Eva is director of UEL’s International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare (ICMEC), where her present research activities focus on the marketisation and privatisation of childcare and its relation to child poverty and social exclusion.
During 2017 Eva will take on the role of Visiting Professor at the University of Muenster, Germany for a six month period.
With support from the UEL Royal Docks Business School (RDBS) she undertook a comparative study of the Dutch and English childcare markets. In 2014 Eva co-authored a report for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England Review of policies and interventions for low-income families with young children”.
Eva recently contributed an evidence review of the relationship between early childhood provision and poverty for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Programme aimed at developing anti-poverty strategies for the UK: http://tinyurl.com/mfgtrr2
Her full review report can be found on the UEL ROAR website: http://roar.uel.ac.uk/3865/
Lloyd, E. (in press) ‘Early childhood education and care: poverty and access. Perspectives from England,’ in Miller, L, Cameron, C., Dalli, C, and Barbour, N. (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy .London: SAGE
Lloyd, E. (2016) ‘Early years provision and children’s life chances’ in J. Tucker (ed) Improving children’s life chances. London: Child Poverty Action Group, 25-37
Lloyd, E., Edmonds, C., Downs, C., Crutchley, R. and Paffard, F. (2016) ‘Talking everyday science to very young children: a study involving parents and practitioners within an early childhood centre,’ Early Child Development and Care, 187 (2): 244-260
Lloyd, E. (2015) ‘Evidenzbasierte Politik und Praxis in der Früpädagogik in GroẞBritannien,’ in A. Schmitt, M. Morfeld, E. Sterdt and L. Fischer (Hrsg.) Evidenzbasierte Praxis und Politik in der Früpädagogik. Halle (Saale): mdv Mitteldeutscher Verlag GmbH
Lloyd, E. (2015) 'Early education and care policy under the Coalition Government,' London Review of Education, 13(2), 144-156. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/ioep/clre/2015/00000013/00000002/art00012Lloyd, E. and Potter, S. (2014) Early education and childcare and poverty - Working paper prepared for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. London: University of East London http://roar.uel.ac.uk/3865/
Lloyd, E. (2014) ‘Can government intervention in childcare be justified? Comment: we need to change the childcare subsidy system,’ Economic Affairs, 34 (3), 402-405.
LaValle, I., Payne, L., Lloyd, E. with Potter, S. (2014) Review of policies and interventions for low-income families with young children, London: Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England.
Lloyd, E. and Penn, H. (2014) ‘Childcare markets in an age of austerity,’ European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 22 (3), 386-396.
Penn, H. and Lloyd, E. (2014) 'How can government ensure that early care and education is of high quality in a market system? Learning from international experience.' In: T. Wolfe (Ed.) 'Childcare' - business or profession? Dublin: Start Strong.
Penn. H. and Lloyd, E. (2013) The costs of childcare. A report for DFE. London: Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre.
Lloyd, E. and Penn. H. (Eds.) (2012) Childcare markets - Can they deliver an equitable service? Bristol: The Policy Press in association with University of Chicago Press.
Lloyd, E. (2012) Childcare markets: an introduction, in E. Lloyd and H. Penn (Eds.) Childcare markets - Can they deliver an equitable service? Bristol: The Policy Press in association with University of Chicago Press.
Lloyd, E. (2012) 'Poor children's future access to early years provision,' in: L. Judge (Ed.) Ending child poverty by 2020: progress made and lessons learned. London: Child Poverty Action Group.
Lloyd, E. (2012) 'The marketisation of early years education and care in England,' in L. Miller and D. Hevey (Eds.) Policy Issues in the Early Years, London: SAGE.
Lloyd, E. (2012) 'Centre-based services in the early years,' in M. Hill, G. Head, A. Lockyer, B. Reid & R. Taylor (Eds.) Professionals, Children and the Community: Working Together, London: Longman Pearson.
Clarke, A., Lawrence, D., Lloyd, E., Penn, H. & Blackburn, P. (2011) The London Childcare Market. LDA Labour Market Research Series Number 5. London: London Development Agency.
Lloyd, E. and Penn, H. (2010) 'Why do childcare markets fail? Comparing England and the Netherlands.' Public Policy Research, 17(1), 42-48.
Lloyd, E. and Penn, H. (2010) 'Working with children who are victims of armed conflict.' Contemporary Issues in the Early Years, 11(3), 278-287.
Speight, S., Smith, R. with Coshall, C. and Lloyd, E. (2010) Towards Universal Early Years Provision: Analysis of Take-up by Disadvantaged Families from Recent Annual Childcare Surveys. Research Report DFE-RR066. London: Department for Education.
Lloyd, E. and Hallet, E. (2010) 'Professionalising the early childhood workforce in England: work in progress or missed opportunity?' Contemporary Issues in the Early Years, 11(1), 75-88.
Speight, S., Smith, R. and Lloyd, E. with Coshall, C. (2010) Families Experiencing Multiple Deprivation: their Use of and Views on Childcare Provision. Research Report DCSF-RR191. London: DCSF
Smith, R., Schneider, V., Purdon, S., La Valle, I., Wollny, Y., Owen, R., Bryson, C. , Mathers, S., Sylva, K. and Lloyd, E. (2009) Early Education Pilot for Two Year Old Children - Evaluation. Research report DCSF-RR134. London: DCSF.
Lloyd, E. (2008) 'The interface between childcare, family support and child poverty strategies under New Labour: tensions and contradictions.' Social Policy & Society, 7(4), 479-494
Kazimirski, A., Smith, R. Butt, S., Ireland, E. and Lloyd, E. (2008) Childcare and Early Years Survey 2007: Parents' Use, Views and Experiences. Research Report DCSF-RR025. London: Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Penn, H. and Lloyd,E.. (2007) 'Richness or rigour? A discussion of systematic reviews and evidence-based policy in early childhood', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 5(1), 3-18.
Levitas, R. Pantazis, C. Fahmy, E., Gordon, D., Lloyd, E.and Patsios, D. (2007) The Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Social Exclusion, London: The Social Exclusion Task Force.
Lloyd, E. (2006) 'Children, poverty and social exclusion,' in: C. Pantazis, D. Gordon and R. Levitas (Eds.), Poverty and Social Exclusion in Britain: The Millennium Survey, Bristol: The Policy Press.
Penn, H. and Lloyd, E. (2006) ‘Using systematic reviews to investigate research in early childhood.’ Journal of Early Childhood Research, 4( 3), 311-330.
Penn, H., Burton, V., Lloyd, E., Mugford, M., Potter, S. and Sayeed, Z. (2006) What is known about the long-term economic impact of centre-based early childhood interventions? In: Research Evidence in Education Library, London: Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.
Lloyd, E., Penn, H., Barreau, S., Burton, V., Davis, R., Potter, S. & Sayeed, Z. (2005) How effective are measures taken to mitigate the impact of direct experience of armed conflict on the psychosocial and cognitive development of children aged 0-8? In: Research Evidence in Education Library, London: Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.
Eva Lloyd is involved in postgraduate and doctoral supervision and contributes to the following programmes:
- Professional Doctorate in Education and PhD Programme
- MA in Early Childhood Studies
- Early Childhood Studies Undergraduate Programmes