Childcare Consultation May 2018

This survey is to find out from parents and carers what their experiences and needs are in relation to childcare. The information will be used to inform our Childcare Sufficiency Assessment. It will also help us plan to make sure there are enough high quality childcare places at the times and in the places that families need it.

We estimate that this survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey will close on Friday the 1st June 2018.

All of your answers will remain confidential and you will not be identified in any way in the reporting and use of this survey.

If you would like help completing this survey, or would like a copy of the survey in a different language or format, please contact us on 01803 207895.

Section 1. About your family

Q1 How many children do you have in the following age groups?
   
   
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Q3
Q4 Please select the category that best describes your household:
Q5 Please select the category that best describes your employment status:
 

Section 2. Need for childcare

Q6 What type of childcare do you use for your children who are below school age?
(Please select all that apply)
 
Q7 What type of childcare do you use for your school age children?
(Please select all that apply)
 
Q8 If you use childcare, please indicate why:
(Please select all that apply)
 
Q9 If you do not use any childcare, please indicate why not:
(Please select all that apply)
 
Q10 How many hours do you use childcare for your children below school age over a normal week? (Early years childcare)
Q11 How many days do you use before or after school childcare for your children over a normal week during school term time? (School age children)
Q12 In the past 12 months, approximately how many weeks did you use childcare during school holidays? (This includes all dates outside of term-time, e.g. Christmas, Summer, half terms etc.)
   
   
Q13 In the past 12 months, have you needed childcare for these times or days?
(Please select all that apply)
  Early years children   School age children  
  Early morning (6am to 8am)    
  Late evening (6pm to 10pm)    
  Overnight (10pm to 6am)    
  Weekend    
Q14 How easy is it to afford the childcare you want?
  Very easy   Fairly easy   Neither easy nor difficult   Fairly difficult   Very difficult   Not applicable or not needed  
  Early years childcare            
  School age childcare - Before school            
  School age childcare - After school            
  School age childcare - Holiday childcare            
Q15 How much do you spend on childcare over a normal week?
(If you have more than one child, please give the total amounts you spend)
   
   
   
   
Q16 Do you receive help to pay for childcare costs through any of these means?
(Please select all that apply)

Section 3. Finding childcare

Q17 How easy is it to find suitable childcare for your child or children?
  Very easy   Fairly easy   Neither easy nor difficult   Fairly difficult   Very difficult   Not applicable or not needed  
  Early years childcare            
  School age childcare - Before school            
  School age childcare - After school            
  School age childcare - Holiday childcare            
Q18
Q19 How easy is it to find suitable childcare for your child or children with SEND (if n/a please leave blank)?
  Very easy   Fairly easy   Neither easy nor difficult   Fairly difficult   Very difficult   Not applicable or not needed  
  Early years childcare with SEND            
  School age childcare with SEND - Before school            
  School age childcare with SEND - After school            
  School age childcare with SEND - Holiday childcare            
Q20
Q21 In the past 12 months, have you at any point been unable to access childcare when you or your child has needed it?  
  Yes   No  
  Early years childcare    
  School age childcare - Before school    
  School age childcare - After school    
  School age childcare - Holiday childcare    
Q22
Q23 How far do you agree or disagree with the following statements (children below school age)?
  Strongly agree   Agree   Disagree   Strongly disagree   Don't know / NA  
  Childcare providers are in the location I want e.g. near to home, school, work, family etc.          
  Sessions are available at the times I need          
  I am happy with the quality of childcare available to me          
  It is easy to find information about what childcare is available in my local area          
  It is easy to find out about the quality of different childcare providers in my area          
Q24 How far do you agree or disagree with the following statements (school age children)?
  Strongly agree   Agree   Disagree   Strongly disagree   Don't know / NA  
  Childcare providers are in the location I want e.g. near to home, school, work, family etc.          
  Sessions are available at the times I need          
  I am happy with the quality of childcare available to me          
  It is easy to find information about what childcare is available in my local area          
  It is easy to find out about the quality of different childcare providers in my area          
Q25 How do you find out about what childcare is available in your area?
(Please select all that apply)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q26

Section 4. Free childcare

Q27 Before today, did you know that some families can get free childcare?
  Yes, I was aware of this   No, I was not aware of this  
  15 hours free childcare per week for some 2 year olds    
  15 hours free childcare per week for all 3 and 4 year olds    
  30 hours free childcare per week for some 3 and 4 year olds    

If you would like to find out more about free childcare entitlements, please contact Torbay Council or visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Q28 Do you use any of the following free childcare offers?  
  I am eligible, and I use this offer   I am eligible, but I do not use this offer   I am not eligible for this offer   I don't know if I am eligible for this offer  
  15 hours free childcare per week for some 2 year olds        
  15 hours free childcare per week for all 3 and 4 year olds        
  30 hours free childcare per week for some 3 and 4 year olds        
Q29
Q30 If you use free childcare, how far do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
  Strongly agree   Agree   Disagree   Strongly disagree   Don't know / NA  
  I am happy with the free childcare session times I have been offered          
  I am happy with the places where I am able to access free childcare          
  I have a choice of providers to access free childcare from          
Q31
Q32 Please say if you receive free childcare but pay for additional hours or services:
  Free childcare for 2-year-olds   Free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds  
  I pay extra for food including breakfast, lunch, or snacks    
  I pay extra for special classes or outings      
  I pay for additional hours    
  I pay extra for other services (please describe below)    
Q33
Q34 If you receive free childcare but pay for additional hours, how many additional hours do you pay for per week?
 
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Thank you very much for taking the time to complete this survey.
Your support is greatly appreciated.

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