York has been chosen as an early implementer for the roll out of 30 hours free childcare for eligible 3 and 4 year olds from September 2016, one year ahead of national roll out in September 2017. This means that working parents/carers in York may be eligible for an additional 15 hours free childcare, in addition to the existing free 15 hours early education entitlement, if they meet certain criteria.
To help ensure there are sufficient places available, the Local Authority would like to know what the demand may be for additional hours from parents/carers. We would also like to know whether you are currently paying for additional childcare over and above the 15 hours free entitlement, whether you use informal (unpaid) childcare and whether you have plans to take up additional childcare if you are eligible for the additional free 15 hours.
If you are a parent/carer with one or more children between the ages of 0 and 4 years olds we would be very grateful if you would complete the attached survey. The data we receive from the survey will be analysed and the results shared with the Department for Education and childcare providers in York, however, all your answers will be kept anonymous and you and your child/ren will not be identified in any report.
The survey should only take approx 10 minutes to complete and can be found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R5JF6NH. The survey will also be available at www.yor-ok.org.uk.
The closing date is Monday 9th May 2016.