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Parents' views and use of early learning and childcare: data tables

Figures showing parents’ and carers’ current use, future potential use, views and experiences of early learning and childcare.


Outcomes and benefits

Table A24: Reasons for using ELC for eligible child

Age of children 3/4 year olds 2 year olds
To work or look for work (yourself or your partner) 66% 47%
To increase the number of hours that I or my partner work 16% 11%
To study or improve work-related skills (yourself or your partner) 10% 26%
To have more time for household tasks such as cooking, DIY, cleaning, etc 15% 44%
To have more time to look after other children (yourself or your partner) 13% 14%
To care for another relative or friend (yourself or your partner) 2% 10%
To have more time for ourselves: to rest, exercise, socialise, spend time on hobbies, etc 8% 24%
I think it will be good for my child's learning (eg speech and language skills, etc) 73% 84%
I think it will be good for my child's social, emotional or behavioural development 78% 79%
I think it will be good for my ability to help my child's learning and development at home 38% 45%
Base (unweighted) 5483 88

Table A25: Reasons that parents would use full 1140 hours (with eligible children)

Overall Most deprived Least deprived
To work or look for work (yourself or your partner) 79% 77% 82%
To increase the number of hours that I or my partner work 32% 30% 31%
To study or improve work-related skills (yourself or your partner) 19% 26% 12%
To have more time for household tasks such as cooking, DIY, cleaning, etc (yourself or your partner) 15% 19% 15%
To have more time to look after other children (yourself or your partner) 8% 8% 8%
To care for another relative or friend (yourself or your partner) 3% 6% 2%
To have more time for ourselves: to rest, exercise, socialise, spend time on hobbies, etc 9% 10% 8%
I think it will be good for my child's development 61% 61% 61%
I think it will be good for my child's wellbeing 53% 54% 52%
I think it will be good for my ability to help my child's learning and development at home 36% 37% 34%
Base (unweighted) 4776 500 1142

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