Surveys on childcare and early years in England

Closed 18 May 2018

Opened 29 Mar 2018


This consultation seeks user perspectives on two surveys released as Official Statistics on childcare and early years provision in England.

Please read the accompanying consultation document available at the bottom of the page.

Why We Are Consulting

We are seeking user perspectives on:

  • The Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents, which provides information on parents with children aged 0-14 in England. It covers parents’ and their children’s use of childcare and early years provision, and their views and experiences.
  • The Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers, which collects information on the main characteristics of childcare and early years providers in England.

We are consulting on the following aspects of each survey:

  • Frequency;
  • Sampling;
  • Mode(s);
  • Topic coverage; and
  • Outputs and approaches to dissemination.

Any changes to the surveys will be introduced from 2019 onwards.

What Happens Next

The Department for Education will publish a summary of the consultation and a response later in 2018.

Any changes to the surveys announced in the published response will be introduced from the 2019 surveys onwards.


  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Local authorities
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments
  • Those involved in underlying theoretical research on abuse and neglect, child development etc
  • Those researching children’s social care or education systems, with links to educational outcomes of Children in Need
  • Universities


  • Education
  • Early learning and childcare
  • Early years foundation stage