Early Learning and Childcare settings will have received an invitation from Ipsos MORI, the independent research organisation, to take part in a survey of childcare providers.
As you may know, the Scottish Government is planning to increase the number of hours of free Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) that parents are entitled to. The survey is your chance to influence the Scottish Government on childcare provider costs. The Scottish Government will use the findings from this survey to plan in detail for the expansion of free hours and for the important role that partner providers will play in that.
The survey is important for you and for the future of early learning and childcare in Scotland. It is endorsed by National Day Nursery Association and Early Years Scotland. All private and third sector partner providers in Scotland are being asked to take part.
The survey opened on 6 June and will remain open for a month. Please do try and make the time to complete it – the more responses Ipsos MORI get, the more accurate and representative a picture they will be able to give the Scottish Government about the costs to our sector of providing good quality childcare.
Responses will remain confidential. Individual responses will not be shared or published outside Ipsos MORI. The Scottish Government will only receive aggregate data – e.g. average costs by region. It will not be possible to identify individual nurseries or playgroups from any report or publication. Ipsos MORI will hold all data securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
If you have any questions or would like any further information regarding the survey please do not hesitate to contact the Ipsos MORI research team (Rachel Ormston, Chris Martin or Sanah Saeed Zubairi) on 0808 238 5376 or the Project Manager at the Scottish Government, Sasha Maguire 0131 244 0563. You can also e-mail Ipsos MORI on ScotCCSurvey@ipsos-mori.com
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