The Department for Education have released the childcare and early years survey for parents 2018 detailing the findings from the January 2018 to August 2018 survey.
Key findings include:
- The use of formal childcare fell from 66 per cent in 2017 to 62 per cent in 2018
- The use of formal childcare among families with only pre-school children remained stable between 2017 and 2018 at 71 per cent
- Only 27 per cent of parents with a child aged under 12 were aware of the Tax-Free Childcare scheme, a rise since 2017 (previously 21 per cent).
- Among parents with a child aged 0 to 4, 78 per cent were aware of the 30 hours funding
- 78 per cent of parents were aware that providers can charge for certain extra services and 76 per cent knew that they could receive their hours from Ofsted registered childminders
- 30 per cent of parents rated the affordability of local childcare as very or fairly poor.
Read the full report.