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SCEYP 2019 thematic study

The Department for Education (DfE) have commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), working with Frontier Economics, to conduct research into factors affecting occupancy, spare capacity and staff:child ratios in Early Years settings. This study is a follow-up to the Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers 2019. Findings from this follow-up research will provide the DfE with crucial information and inform future policy.

What’s involved?

The research will involve taking part in one telephone interview expected to last around 40 minutes. Interviews will take place between January and March 2020.

What will you ask me about?

During the interview we will ask you about:

  • occupancy levels and staff:child ratios at your setting;
  • parental demand for childcare in your area;
  • how you decide how many children to book for different times and days;
  • your approach to staff:child ratios;
  • how your setting’s occupancy and ratios might change in the future.

Why have I been selected to take part?

Earlier in 2019 your setting took part in the Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers 2019 and agreed to be contacted again for future research. This new study is intended to learn more about some key topics relevant to early years providers.

Do I have to take part?

Taking part is voluntary but we hope that you will take this opportunity to contribute to this important study.

We guard your privacy

We will treat the information you give us in the strictest confidence under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The results collected will be used for research purposes only.

All data gathered from interviews will be anonymised before being analysed, and personal data will only be accessible to the research team at NatCen. At the end of the research, your personal information will be securely deleted.

You can see our privacy notice below.

Where can I find out more?

For anything not covered on here, please call 0207 549 7009 or email SCEYPqual@natcen.ac.uk. One of our researchers will get back to you to answer your query as soon as possible.

If you would like to contact the Department for Education about this project, you can email  EY.analysisandresearch@education.gov.uk.

Privacy notice

The Department for Education (DfE) have commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), working with Frontier Economics, to conduct a study of spare capacity, occupancy and staff:child ratios in early years settings. This study is a follow-up to the Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers 2019.

In line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there are certain things that we need to let you know about how your information will be processed as part of this study. In this privacy notice, we explain:

  • the legal basis for data processing;
  • who will have access to your personal data;
  • how your data will be used, stored and deleted; and
  • whom you can contact with a query or a complaint.

What is the legal basis for processing my data?

For this project, DfE are the data controllers, and NatCen and Frontier Economics are the data processors. This means that the DfE are responsible for deciding the purpose and legal basis for processing data. For this project, the legal basis for processing data is “public task”.

You can contact the Department for Education with any questions about the research at EY.analysisandresearch@education.gov.uk.

You can also contact the team at NatCen with any questions about the research by emailing SCEYPqual@natcen.ac.uk or by calling 0207 549 7009.

Who will have access to my personal data?

NatCen and Frontier Economics are carrying out this research. The research team at NatCen will have access to:

  • research participant contact details;
  • audio recordings of interviews;
  • interview transcripts; and
    • interview notes.

All data gathered from interviews will be anonymised before being analysed, and personal data will only be accessible to the research team at NatCen.

McGowan Transcriptions is the transcription service we use to transcribe our interview data. They will have access to recordings and transcriptions from the telephone interviews. McGowan Transcriptions are on NatCen’s approved supplier list and compliant with all of NatCen’s information security policies.

How will my data be treated?

Data will only be used for research purposes. NatCen will store and handle all data securely and confidentially in line with the GDPR. Only the research team will have access to the data. Reports and publications arising from this research will not identify any individual or organisation taking part.

All personal information, and any other data held on the project, will be securely deleted within two years from project completion in June 2020.

Who can I contact with a query or a complaint?

If you have any questions about how your data will be used, please contact the Department for Education’s Data Protection Officer:

Emma Wharram
Sanctuary Buildings
Data Protection Officer
20 Great Smith Street
London
SW1P 3BT 

Tel: 07985 655024
Email: Emma.Wharram@education.gov.uk

Under GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk.

You also have the right to have your interview answers deleted. If you have taken part in the research but would like to withdraw your data, please contact us at SCEYPqual@natcen.ac.uk or on 0207 549 7009.