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Major parent childcare survey reveals increased satisfaction

The Department of Education has published the results of its biennial childcare and early years survey of parents. Between October 2014 and July 2015, 6,198 parents in England with children under 15 were interviewed by Ipsos MORI for the study.

Some of the key findings include:

  • The proportion of parents who rate the quality and availability of local childcare as good has risen from 58% in 2012-13 to 64% in 2014-15
  • Ease of meeting costs of childcare has improved: just over half of parents (53%) find it fairly or very easy to meet their childcare costs, with 22% of families finding it fairly or very difficult to pay (down from 27%)
  • Overall childcare usage remains unchanged, with two in three families (66%) using formal childcare

Read the full study or a summary here.

Over the next several months, the Department for Education will be conducting its childcare and early years providers survey, which it also undertakes every two years. PACEY urges all providers to respond if you are contacted to help build as full and accurate a picture of the sector as possible.