Early Learning and Childcare: expansion to 1140 hours parent/carer survey

Closed 22 Sep 2017

Opened 24 Aug 2017

Feedback updated 28 Mar 2018

We asked

Parents/carers about their experience of early learning and childcare – what services they use and why, how often and when.  We also asked about what they would like to see in the future.



You said

2,209 people responded to the survey, 99% of whom were parents/carers.  As well as telling us about the services they currently use and why, respondents told us how they would prefer to use services in the future: 

  • 70% of respondents want to be able to use services all year round whilst 24% want to be able to use them in term-times only.
  • Parents/carers want services to be available from early mornings (with 35% preferring an 8am start) to early evening (with 32% preferring a 6pm finish)
  • The most popular model (favoured by 38% of respondents) is for 50 weeks per year with parents/carers able to choose hours between 8am and 6pm and with the option to purchase additional hours..


We did

The responses informed the Early Years Expansion plan which was prepared in response to the Scottish Government’s blueprint for the expansion of 1140 hours. The plan was submitted to the Scottish Government and we are currently revising it in light of feedback from the Scottish Government.

We will continue to seek the views of parents and carers throughout the expansion.


The Scottish Government plans to expand Early Learning and Childcare for all three and four year olds and eligible two year olds by 2020. 

Last year, we consulted with parents/carers to help us to begin to plan for the expansion. 

This year, we are asking parents/carers for their views to help plan the next phase of the expansion.

Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey (see link below).

Why your views matter

We want to know more about parents and carers' experience of early learning and childcare - what services you use and why, how often and when.

We also want to know what you would like to see in the future - how you would prefer to use services, when and where, and if there are ways in which they could meet your family's needs better.

The survey will close on Friday 22 September 2017.

What happens next

We will summarise the survey results and what we intend to do about them. 

We will make these available on the Consultation Hub and to parents/carers in early learning and childcare establishments


  • All Edinburgh


  • Parents/carers


  • Nurseries and childcare