This survey is for parents and carers of children aged under 6.  The survey isn't for childminders or other providers of early learning and childcare, unless in your capacity as a parent.

The survey will close at midnight on 29 September 2017.

The survey asks about your use of and experiences of early learning and childcare (ELC) or what was commonly known as ‘pre-school education’.  Children aged three and four, and some eligible two year olds, in Scotland are currently entitled to 600 hours of free early learning and childcare every year.  The Scottish Government plans to expand this to 1140 hours per year by 2020.  These government funded places are provided by a range of organisations such as nurseries, childminders, playgroups or family centres.

To help plan for the increase in free ELC hours, the Scottish Government is interested in hearing the views of parents and carers on how they use early learning and childcare at the moment, and how they might use this in the future.

Your response is strictly confidential.  The survey is being run for the Scottish Government by Craigforth – independent researchers.  The Scottish Government will not know who has taken part, and no-one outside Craigforth will have access to individual responses.  Our reporting of survey results will also make sure that no-one taking part can be identified.  Please skip any questions that you do not wish to answer, and you can stop the survey at any time. 

If you have any questions about the survey, please call Craigforth on Freephone 0800 027 2245 or email taking part has the chance to enter a prize draw to win one of 10 x £100 cash prizes.

* 1. It would be useful for us to know how you heard about the survey - please provide brief details below.

* 2. Do you have any children aged under 6 in your household?

3% of survey complete.