This survey is for parents/carers who currently have one or more children between the ages of 0-3 years old.
From September 2017 working parents/carers of 3 and 4 year olds in Darlington may be eligible for an additional 15 hours free childcare in addition to the existing free 15 hours early education entitlement, if they meet certain criteria.
To help plan for this and ensure there are sufficient places available, we are carrying out surveys with providers and parents/carers to determine how many childcare places are currently available in the borough and the potential need for additional hours from parents/carers.
We would like to know whether families are currently accessing 'paid for' childcare, in addition to the free 15 hours early education entitlement, whether they are using informal (unpaid) childcare and whether they plan to use more childcare if they are eligible for the additional free 15 hours.
The data we receive from this survey will be analysed, however, all your answers will be kept anonymous and you and your child/ren will not be identified in any reporting of this survey
The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.