The Department for Education has published the Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents: 2018. This details the findings from the January 2018 to August 2018 survey and is based on the experiences of parents with children from birth to 14.

The survey looks at the overall use of childcare providers and the take-up of all the funded childcare schemes. It also asks parents about their views of quality, the availability of childcare, children’s use of digital electronic devices in the home learning environment, the cost of childcare and affordability, and factors influencing mothers’ decisions around working.

Key findings of the survey include the following.

  • The use of formal childcare fell from 66% in 2017 to 62% in 2018.

  • The use of formal childcare among families with only pre-school children remained stable between 2017 and 2018 at 71%.

  • Only 27% of parents with a child aged under 12 were aware of the Tax-Free Childcare scheme.

  • Among parents with a child aged 0–4, 78% were aware of the 30-hour entitlement but awareness was higher among those on higher incomes.

  • 78% of parents were aware that providers can charge for certain extra services and 76% knew that they could receive their hours from Ofsted-registered childminders.

  • 30% of parents rated the affordability of local childcare as very or fairly poor.

The full report is available here.

Last reviewed 7 January 2019