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Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers

Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers and COVID-19

This study provides critical information needed to understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on the childcare sector. Results from the research will help the government understand the issues that providers are facing because of the pandemic. This is your chance to have your voice heard and let us know how these unprecedented circumstances have affected you. The research is being carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and Frontier Economics on behalf of the Department for Education.

Find out more about Frontier Economics and the Department for Education.

Computer Taking part is easy

Taking part involves completing a 5-10 minute online survey at a time that suits you.

If your setting has had to close during this period, we still want to hear from you! It is important that we get a representative picture of the childcare sector across the country.

So that we can monitor changes over the next few months, you may also be invited to complete the survey again in autumn 2020. This will help us to get an accurate picture of how the sector is responding to this unprecedented and fast-changing situation.

Multiple Speech Bubbles What will you ask me about?

You will be asked about the current status of your childcare provision, number of children currently attending your setting, and how this differs from what you would have expected pre COVID-19; changes in your staffing arrangements and finances as a result of the pandemic and your intentions for the new academic year.

Question MarkDo I have to answer all the questions?

Don’t worry – you don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to, you can just skip on to the next one.

PadlockWe guard your privacy            

We will treat the information you give us in the strictest confidence under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The results collected will be used for research purposes only. Your personal information will be stored securely and no one but the research team at NatCen and Frontier Economics will be able to access it. At the end of the research, all data will be anonymised before being passed on to the Department for Education and your personal information will be securely deleted.

You can see our privacy notice here.

community_large Why have I been selected to take part?

We’ve chosen you at random to make sure we get a truly unbiased, representative picture of childcare and early years provision across the country.

You can’t be replaced by any other childcare provider as this would bias the results. 

Info Where can I find out more?

For anything not covered on here, please call 0800 652 4572 or email One of our staff will get back to you to answer your query as soon as possible.

If you would like to contact the Department for Education about this project, you can email

Smiley Man Who is carrying out this survey?

We are carrying out this survey in partnership with Frontier Economics. You can find out more about who NatCen are and what we do here.