30 hours Free Childcare (parent survey)

Closed 1 Jul 2016

Opened 25 Apr 2016

Feedback Updated 16 Sep 2016

We Asked

Parents for their views and experiences to help shape the operation and delivery of the extended free childcare. West Sussex County Council will introduce the 30 hours of extended free childcare for working parents of eligible 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017.

You Said

• 88% said they ‘definitely would’, ‘very likely’ or ‘fairly likely’ use the additional hours.

• 45% would split their funding over more than one provider if their current provider can only deliver 15 hours.

• 46% would switch provider in order to use the full 30 hours.

• For parents who do not use any childcare – 25% would consider using formal childcare such as a nursery, pre-school or a childminder for their child if they could use 30 free hours of childcare.

• For parents currently in work, 56% would increase their work hours or look for another job if able to use the additional 15 free hours of childcare.

• 20% who are currently not working would look for work to become eligible for the additional 15 hours.

• For parents with another child 39% would start using formal childcare or increase the childcare used for other children.

We Did

We shared the findings of this parent survey with West Sussex Early Years childcare providers who will be planning to deliver the extended free childcare. The implications from this survey are being considered against current sufficiency of childcare mapping and capital requirement assessments.

You can access the full summary report in the results section above.

Results Updated 16 Sep 2016

The document below shows the full summary report.



In September 2017 West Sussex County Council will introduce the 30 hours of extended free childcare for the working parents of 3 and 4 year olds. We want to hear the views and experiences of parents to help shape the operation and delivery of the extra childcare. This will help  us improve current and future childcare for parents and their children within West Sussex. If your child is 5 years or above we are interested to hear how you might have used this if it had been available.

Why We Are Consulting

This consultation seeks views on how the 30 hour extended free childcare might work best for you.

Specific aspects that we would welcome your views on are:

  • how places might be delivered more flexibly;
  • provision for children with special education needs and disabilities, and
  • information about childcare for parents.

The survey is anonymous and all answers will be kept confidential. You will be asked at the beginning of the survey to consider the age of the child you will be basing your answers on, this will tell us if your answers relate to current or future  childcare.


This short survey should not take more than 15 minutes to complete.


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