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Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers

Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers

The Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers is a long-standing study of the early years sector, including nursery provision in schools in England.

The evidence it gathers is crucial in providing an accurate picture of the early years sector and has been doing so for the past two decades. The data collected enables us to understand the effects of government policy and changes across the sector.

This important research is being carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), IFF and Frontier Economics on behalf of the Department for Education.

If  your access code starts with AS

You have been invited to take part in the main survey. Please follow one of the links below and enter the unique access code which can be found on your invitation letter.

If your access code starts with BP

If you have been invited to take part in the short survey. Please follow the link below and enter the unique access code which can be found on your invitation letter.

Frequently asked questions

Multiple Speech Bubbles What will you ask me about?

The survey will cover background information about your provision such as the type of setting, the number of staff and your opening times. Other topics include the number of children attending the setting, funded hours and children with special educational needs. There will also be questions about the make-up of your workforce as well as questions covering financial topics.

To make it easier for you to complete the survey you will be provided with a preparation sheet which will include information about the topics covered in the survey.

Question MarkWhat does taking part involve?

Taking part involves completing a 20-minute survey either online or over the phone with one of our interviewers.

You may have recently participated in short surveys specifically related to COVID-19 and we really appreciate it if this is the case. The 2021 survey, however, covers much broader topics and allows us to gather up to date evidence about the sector and understand the effects of government policies and changes over time.

Question MarkDo I have to answer all the questions?

Don’t worry – Taking part is voluntary and you don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to, you can just skip on to the next one.  

PadlockWe guard your privacy            

We will treat the information you give us in the strictest confidence under the UK General Data Protection Regulation. The results collected will be used for research purposes only. Your personal information will be stored securely and no one but the research team at NatCen, IFF and Frontier Economics will be able to access it. At the end of the research, all data will be anonymised before being passed on to the Department for Education and your personal information will be securely deleted.

You can see our privacy notice here.

community_large Why have I been selected to take part?

We’ve chosen you at random to make sure we get a truly unbiased, representative picture of childcare and early years provision across the country.

You can’t be replaced by any other childcare provider as this would bias the results. 

Info Where can I find out more?

For anything not covered on here, please call 0800 652 4572 or email childcaresurvey@natcen.ac.uk. One of our staff 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.

Smiley Man Who is carrying out the study?

The study has been commissioned by DfE and is being carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), IFF Research and Frontier Economics.

To find out more about NatCen, please visit www.natcen.ac.uk , to find out more about IFF Research, please visit www.iffresearch.com and for more information about Frontier Economics, please visit www.frontier-economics.com.