Introduction

The Scottish Government plans to expand Early Learning and Childcare services to almost double the number of funded hours from 600 currently to 1140 each year.  These extra hours will be available to all children aged 3 or 4 and for some children aged 2 and will be in place by 2020/21.  Families should have choice and flexibility in how they use services - including whether they use all of their child's funded hours and whether they use them during school term-time or throughout the year. 

By early learning and childcare, we mean all pre-school education such as nurseries, early years centres, childminders and playgroups.

City of Edinburgh Council is keen to maintain high quality early learning and childcare services as they change and expand, to make them work well for you and your family.  To do this, we need your help so that we can plan for the future.

We want to find out what your experience of early learning and childcare is really like in Edinburgh - whether you use it or not, what you like and if there's anything you think could be changed or improved.

Please help us with this by taking some time to complete this survey.  It should only take around ten minutes.
The questions in the first section are about the early learning and childcare services you curently use.  If you don't currently use any early learning and childcare childcare services, please answer questions 1,  2 and 3 and then go to question 10.

* 1. In what capacity are you responding to this survey?

* 2. What is your postcode?

* 3. Do you currently use early learning and childcare services in Edinburgh or another local authority area?

If you answered 'I don't currently use early learning and childcare services', please go to question 10.

* 4. Do you use any of the following early learning and childcare services? (Please tick all that apply).

* 5. How old are your children that use early learning and childcare services?

* 6. Why do you use these early learning and childcare services? (Please tick all that apply).

* 7. How frequently do you use early learning and childcare services?

* 8. How many days of the week do you currently use early learning and childcare services?

* 9. Do you use different or additional services during school holidays?

* 10. If you don't currently use early learning and childcare services, can you tell us why not? (Please tick all that apply)

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