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Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers and COVID-19

This study collects important information needed to understand how the childcare and early years sector has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Results from the research will help the government understand the issues that providers are facing because of the pandemic. This is your chance to have your voice heard and let us know how these unprecedented circumstances have affected you. The research is being carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and Frontier Economics on behalf of the Department for Education.

Find out more about Frontier Economics and the Department for Education.

Taking part is easy

Taking part involves completing a 10 to 15 minute online survey at a time that suits you.

You may have previously taken part in an earlier wave of this study in 2020 focusing on the impact of COVID-19, or more recently in the Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers which took place in March to July 2021.

This survey builds on information collected in those studies. It is important we hear from you again to help us get an accurate picture of how different types of providers are responding to the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have been invited to take part, please follow the link below and when prompted enter the unique access code that you can find on your letter.

https://survey.natcen.ac.uk/EYCovid

What will you ask me about?

You will be asked about the current status of your childcare provision, and how your staffing, financial situation and services offered have changed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do I have to answer all the questions?

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

We 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 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 read our privacy notice here.

Why have I been selected to take part?

Your setting has been invited to take part in this research because you previously completed either the Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers which took place in March to July 2021, or the Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers and COVID-19 Wave 3 and agreed to be re-contacted.

We have contacted you using the contact details you provided at the end of that study.

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.

A link to the final report produced using the results from this survey will be made available on this page when published (current estimated publication date Spring 2022). Please check back for further information.

Who is carrying out this survey?

We are carrying out this survey in partnership with Frontier Economics. You can find out more about who NatCen are and what we do here.