Bradford district families' childcare needs questionnaire

Currently all 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare per week during term time.
From September 2017, some 3 and 4 year olds will be eligible for an extra 15 hours of free childcare per week.

As a local authority we are consulting with parents of children aged between 0 to 4 years to look at your current, and future childcare needs to ensure there are enough places to meet demand for the extra childcare entitlement.

Thank you for taking part in this survey.  Any personal information provided is confidential and will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Information about you and your family

In this section we will ask for details about you and your family.
Questions marked with an asterix * require a response before you can move onto the next page, all others are optional.

Q2 *What is your working status? Please indicate all that apply:
Q3 Working status of partner or spouse (if applicable). Please indicate all that apply:
Q4 *We would like to know how many children you have between the ages of 0 and 4 years.  Please indicate the relevant age group for each of your children.
  Under 1 year old   1 year old   2 years old   3 years old   4 years old  
  Child 1          

  Child 2          

  Child 3          

  Child 4          

  Child 5          
Q5 *Do any of your children have a special educational need or disability?
Q6 Please indicate any of the need(s) that your child or children has or is being assessed for.

Information about your current childcare providers

In this section we will ask for details about the childcare that your child or children currently attend.

Q7 *Has your child or children regularly (i.e. at least once a week) received any childcare in the past 6 months from any of the following providers?
Q13 *Which of the provider(s) mentioned above do you consider to be your main childcare provider?
Q14 *How far do you live from your main childcare provider?
Q15 *On average how many hours per week in total does your child normally spend at your main childcare provider?

Information about childcare funding

In this section we will ask about your use of the 15 hours of funded childcare.

Q16 *The government currently provides 15 hours of free education per week for all 3- and 4-year-olds and some 2-year-olds. Do you currently receive any free hours under this scheme?
Q17 Why does your child or children not access the free education entitlement?
Q18 *On average, how many of the free hours are you currently using per week?
Q19 *Do you pay for any extra hours of childcare for the child or children who receive free education?
Q20 If Yes, on average, how many hours of childcare do you pay for per week?

In this section, we would like to ask your views on some changes to
childcare provision for
3- and 4-year-olds the government is introducing, in full, from September 2017.

The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW), and less than £100,000 per year. This includes employed and self-employed parents as well as parents on zero hours contract who meet the criteria.

Q21 *Do you think you will be eligible now or in the future?
Q22 *How likely is it that you will use some or all of the additional 15 hours for your child if these were available to you
now or when your child becomes eligible?
Q23 *How many of the additional 15 free hours of childcare per week would you use?
Q24 *If you were eligible, how likely would you be to do any of the following if you were able to use some or all of the 30 free hours of childcare?
Q25 *Do you agree with the following statements? Please tick any which are true.
Q26 *If you are unlikely to use any additional hours it would help us if you can give reasons so we can feed this back to the government. Please tick as many as you find applicable.
I am unlikely to use additional Early Education hours because:

Monitoring information

We collect this information to build up an accurate understanding of the communities that we serve so that all our activities, including services, employment opportunities and policies are fair and can be delivered to meet the needs of everybody.

Please complete the questions you are comfortable with by ticking the appropriate boxes.

All personal information is confidential and will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Q27 Are you?
Q28 Which of the following options best describes your family circumstances?
Q29 How old are you?

The Equality Act 2010
This defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day to day activities. It also covers people who have been diagnosed with HIV, cancer or multiple sclerosis. ('substantial' means more than minor or trivial, 'long-term' means that the effect of the impairment has lasted or is likely to last for at least twelve months, 'normal day-to-day activities' include everyday things like eating, washing, walking and going shopping).

Q30 Do you have any of the following disabilities? (Please tick all the boxes that apply)
Q32 Which of the following options best describes your race, ethnic or cultural origin?

Thank you for your responses to the questions about your current and future childcare needs.  We will use this information to inform our assessment of the needs of children and families across Bradford district ahead of the introduction of the additional funding in 2017.

Q33 We are keen to make efficient use of online tools such as the Bradford Council website as well as social media as well as more traditional forms of communication.
How would you prefer for us to communicate with you regarding childcare provision in your local area?  Please choose up to four options.

As a council, we are constantly working to improve how we find out about your needs and how we tell you about the work we and our partners do.  We would be very keen for parents and carers to be involved in the next stage of our assessment of childcare needs in Bradford, this may take the form of further surveys, focus groups or interviews.
If you would be happy to take part in helping us shape childcare provision in Bradford, please provide your name and contact details below and we will be in touch.

Q38 Is the phone number above a:

Thank you for completing this questionnaire.
Once you click Submit, your responses will be recorded and you will be directed to the main
Bradford Metropolitan District Council page.

If you have any questions regarding accessing childcare in the Bradford district, please contact the Families Information Service on 01274 437503 or email:

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