Cost of early learning and childcare provision in partner provider settings

Data on the costs and income associated with providing early learning and childcare (ELC) among private and not-for-profit ‘partner providers’.


First and foremost, thanks are due to the 191 partner providers who gave up their time to take part in the survey on which this report is based. We know that for some of you this was a considerable ask, and we are very grateful. We would like to thank the various provider organisations that supported this study - particularly Jane Mair at the National Day Nurseries Association, Jean Carwood-Edwards at Early Years Scotland, and Maggie Simpson at the Scottish Childminding Association. We are very grateful for their comments on drafts of the questionnaire and report, and for their help in promoting the survey to their members. Sasha Maguire, the project manager for this study at the Scottish Government, has been unfailingly helpful in his comments and advice. The survey could not have happened without the input of our Ipsos MORI colleagues in scripting and telephone, and we are particularly grateful to Geoff Wilson for his work on the online questionnaire and to Alan Emerson for making hours of phonecalls to providers to persuade them to take part.

All analysis in this report is entirely the authors' responsibility.

Chris Martin, Rachel Ormston, Sanah Zubairi


Email: Sasha Maguire,

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