Parents and Carers Encouraged to Complete Childcare Survey

PARENTS and carers are being invited to take part in an annual survey about childcare provision in Reading.

The Childcare Survey is carried out to gauge the views of users on current availability and if they think more provision is required.

The results of the survey will help the Council shape future childcare provision in the borough.

A record 900 people completed the short questionnaire last year and the survey is of particular significance this year with the introduction of 30-hours free childcare for eligible families from September.

Childcare can take many forms, such as nurseries, pre-schools, after-school clubs, holiday clubs and childminders.

Everyone who completes the questionnaire will be given the chance to enter a free prize draw to win £100 of vouchers for The Oracle shopping centre.

Cllr Tony Jones, Lead Member for Education, said:

“We are eager to hear from parents and carers with their views on the current provision of childcare in Reading and what they would like to see more of.

“A record number of people took part in last year’s survey which was a real help in putting together the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment for 2016.

“All entries will be treated in confidence and every respondent will have the opportunity to win £100 in Oracle gift vouchers.”

The Reading Childcare Survey can now be completed online at: https://consult.reading.gov.uk/children-education-early-help-services/childcare-sufficiency-parent-survey and the closing date for responses is 21st July.