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Privacy notice

In line with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there are certain things that we need to let you, a research participant, know about how your information will be processed. In this privacy notice, we explain the legal basis for data processing, who will have access to your personal data, how your data will be used, stored and deleted and who you can contact with a query or a complaint.


Why are you collecting this information, and what is it used for?

The surveys capture views on the Government’s 30 Hours Free Childcare policy from parents and childcare providers. These will feed into the national evaluation, commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to help them improve the policy. Findings from the evaluation will be presented to DfE, and a fully anonymised report of the findings will be published on the Government’s website.


What is the legal basis for processing my data?

The Department for Education is the data controller for this project. This means that they are responsible for deciding the purpose and legal basis for processing data. For this project, collection and processing of this data is necessary to perform a public task (i.e to support the Department for Education in exercising official authority to undertake the core role and functions of the Government).


Who will have access to my personal data?

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) is carrying out this survey and will have access to your contact details and survey responses.

Formara Print + are the printers we use to print the letters we send to you inviting you to take part in the survey. They will have been provided with your contact details in order to print these letters. Formara are an approved supplier and compliant with our information security policies.

If you agreed to being re-contacted for a more in-depth interview, our research partners Frontier Economics and the University of East London; and their interview recruitment agency, Propeller Research, will have been provided with your contact details to arrange the depth interviews.

These organisations are compliant with NatCen’s information security policies.


How will my data be treated?

The survey results collected are used for research purposes only. All responses will be anonymised before being analysed. Your personal information, and any other data held on the project, will be securely deleted by June 2020.


Who can I contact with a query or a complaint?

If you have any questions about how your data will be used, please contact the Department for Education’s Data Protection Officer, Louise Baker:

Level 1, Sanctuary Buildings,

Great Smith Street,

London SW1P 3BT

Tel: 020 7783 8656

Under GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please go to for more information. The Information Commissioner’s Office can be contacted on 01625 545745.