Early Learning and Childcare Parent and Carer Survey 2021

Closed 29 Oct 2021

Opened 24 Sep 2021

Results updated 27 May 2022

The results of this consultation and planned actions were reported to the Education, Children and Families Committee on Tuesday 1 March 2022.  A link to this report can be found below.



The City of Edinburgh Council is seeking the views of parents and carers with children under 5 years of age to ensure we provide a high quality service that is responsive to the changing needs of our local communities.

The online survey aims to gain the views of parents and carers regarding the following areas:

  • The current delivery models available to access the funded entitlement to 1140 hours of early learning and childcare.
  • The quality of the early learning and childcare parents and carers experience. 
  • The criteria for allocating places in local authority early years settings.
  • The demand for an additional year of funded early learning and childcare.
  • Experience of accessing additional support for learning for your child.
  • Parent and carer engagement with our early years settings.

What happens next

The findings from the survey will be used to inform the future delivery of early learning and childcare in Edinburgh to ensure our children continue to receive high quality provision that is flexible, accessible and affordable for parents and carers.


  • All Edinburgh


  • Parents/carers


  • Nurseries and childcare