Penn and Lloyd have shared key findings of their work on childcare market issues with MPs and senior policy officials in Government departments such as the Department for Education, the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions.
Their unique expertise means that they are both are often asked to contribute to national policy and strategy advisory boards and childcare policy roundtable discussions held by government departments and public policy think tanks.
In addition, Lloyd has provided expert advice on the development of NICE guidelines relating to the wellbeing of vulnerable under-5s and was the only academic member of the joint Department for Education/Department of Health Co-production Steering Group, which helped plan, draft and implement proposals set out in the Government's 2011 Families in the Foundation Years policy document.
She also co-chaired the Department for Education's Early Education Co- production Group, which provided key input to the 2012 National Audit Office (NAO) inquiry into the delivery of free early education for three and four year olds.
In 2013 Lloyd was awarded an Honorary OBE for Services to Education in recognition of her work in this area.
Both Lloyd and Penn have helped to increase the impact of their work by providing regular expert commentary for national news such as the Independent, Guardian, and Telegraph, and the professional press.
In 2014 Professor Helen Penn retired from her role as co-director, but she remains associated with the Centre. ICMEC continues under Professor Lloyd's leadership.