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Drivers and barriers to uptake of early learning and childcare among two year olds

Published: 7 Mar 2017
Part of:
Children and families, Research
ISBN:
9781786527035

Research commissioned from Ipsos MORI to examine factors affecting the uptake of free early learning and childcare (ELC) for two-year-olds.

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Contents
Drivers and barriers to uptake of early learning and childcare among two year olds
Footnotes

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Footnotes

1. as at November 2016.

2. this estimate will vary depending upon how many parents are in receipt of out of work benefits.

3. from the annual census taken in September 2015.

4. Or, in one case, were aware of it and planned to use it when their 22 month old child turned 2.

5. Based on those who participated in the research.

6. HMRC data may be required in relation to parents' receipt of tax credits.

7. As at November 2016

8. Tables 4 and Appendix 2 of the Scottish Government's Additional tables on Early Learning and Childcare to accompany Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.6: 2015 http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Children/Pubs-Pre-SchoolEducation

9. Table 4 of the Scottish Government's Additional tables on Early Learning and Childcare to accompany Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.6: 2015 http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Children/Pubs-Pre-SchoolEducation

10. In total, 29 of the 30 participants spoken to were the parents of their 2 year old child, while one participant was a kinship carer. For the purposes of brevity and readability they will all be referred to as 'parents' throughout the remainder of this report.

11. A database of respondents who have taken part in the SHS and agreed to be re-contacted for future research.

12. Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Fife, Inverclyde, Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, South Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.

13. Or, in one case, were aware of it and planned to use it when their 22-month-old child turned 2.

14. As noted in Section 2, the research was qualitative in nature and not designed to measure levels of awareness among all parents of eligible 2 year olds.

15. The Scottish Government may well have contacted the Scottish Kinship Care Alliance at some point, but this reinforces the point made by professionals (see paragraph 3.13) regarding the value of periodically reminding different stakeholder groups about the provision.

16. Based on those who participated in the research.

17. It can be too long a day/too tiring for 2 year olds; It means young children spend too much time away from their parents/guardians; Two year-olds are better cared for in a home environment; The free hours offered are not long enough for parents/guardians to work; The start/finish times of childcare are not flexible; There is a lack of free childcare at different times of the day, at weekends or during school holidays; The places that offer free childcare are too far away from me; Travel costs are too expensive for me to take my child to childcare; The quality of the staff or management at childcare facilities is poor; It is confusing to know if my child qualifies for free childcare.

18. HMRC data may be required in relation to parents' receipt of tax credits.

19. The 13 month vaccination programme also provides an opportunity for contact with most parents.


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