Publication - Research and analysis

Out of school care parent survey: report

Published: 30 Aug 2019
Directorate:
Early Learning and Childcare Programme Directorate
Part of:
Research
ISBN:
9781839600975

Details the views of parents/carers of five to 13 year old children regarding out of school care, including term-time and holiday care.

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45 page PDF

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Contents
Out of school care parent survey: report
Appendix A: Survey questionnaire

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Appendix A: Survey questionnaire

18-094667-01 Out of School Care Survey V4

Good morning/afternoon/evening. My name is XXX. I’m calling from Ipsos MORI Scotland, the independent research organisation. We’re conducting a short survey about childcare on behalf of the Scottish Government. We are interested in talking to parents who do NOT use childcare as well as those who do.

MRS STATEMENT AND GDPR CONSENT (READ OUT TO ALL RESPONDENTS): Before we begin, I'd like to inform you that Ipsos MORI is a member of the Market Research Society.

All information that you give us will be treated in the strictest confidence and your identity will not be passed on to any third parties or connected to your answers in any way without your consent.

Taking part is completely voluntary – you are free to stop the survey at any time and to skip any questions you do not wish to answer. Your answers will be kept for up to one year, will be only accessible to the research team, and will be securely deleted once the research is finished.

ASK ALL

S1 Could you spare 5 minutes or so to answer some questions please?

Yes 1

No 2

IF S1= No (code 2) Thank and close.

ASK< ALL

S2 Can I just check, are there any children aged 5 to 13 in your household?

Yes 1

No 2

IF S2= No (code 2) Thank and close.

ASK ALL

S3 How many children are there in each of the following age groups?

Aged under 5 Enter value______

Aged 5, 6 or 7 Enter value______

Aged 8, 9 or 10 Enter value______

Aged 11, 12 or 13 Enter value______

RECRUIT TO QUOTA OR THANK AND CLOSED IF QUOTA FILLED

Can I just check your postcode? (IF NECESSARY – we won’t send anything to you, we just want to check that we include people from different parts of Scotland).

RECRUIT TO QUOTA OR THANK AND CLOSED IF QUOTA FILLED

ASK ALL

S4 Are you currently working full-time, part-time or not working?

Full-time (30 hours + a week) 1

Part-time (less than 30 hours) 2

Not working 3

ASK ALL

S5 Do you live with a spouse or partner?

Yes 1

No 2

ASK IF S5=YES (CODE 1)

S6 Are they currently working full-time, part-time or not working?

Full-time (30 hours + a week) 1

Part-time (less than 30 hours) 2

Not working 3

RECRUIT TO QUOTA OR THANK AND CLOSE IF QUOTA FILLED.

IF S5=1 CHECK: And, are you the parent or carer of the child/children aged [INSERT WHICH QUOTA APPLIED: 5,6 or 7/8,9 or 10/11,12 or 13] who would be best placed to talk about any childcare arrangements?

IF NO – ARRANGE TO CALL BACK WHEN OTHER PARENT/CARER AVAILABLE

IF YES, CONTINUE

IF MORE THAN ONE CHILD IN AGE RANGE [VALUE > 1 AT THE S3 CODE WHERE THE QUOTA APPLIED], For the purposes of the survey, please just answer about the child aged [INSERT WHICH QUOTA APPLIED: 5,6 or 7/8,9 or 10/11,12 or 13] who had the most recent birthday.

ASK ALL

Q1 Thinking about a typical week during term-time, does anyone apart from you [IF LIVING WITH PARTNER: or your partner] look after your child before or after school? Please include a breakfast or after-school club, a childminder, grandparent, or other friends or family.

Yes 1

No 2

ASK IF Q1=YES (CODE 1)

MULTICODE OK

Q2 Who looks after him/her? PROBE Does anyone or anywhere else regularly look after him/her? PROMPT IF NECESSARY

Breakfast club 1

After-school club 2

Childminder 3

Nanny/babysitter 4

Grandparent(s) 5

Ex-partner (not living in house) 6

Older brother/sister 7

Another relative 8

Friend/neighbour 9

Other (write in) 10

ASK IF Q1=YES (CODE 1)

MULTICODE OK

Q3 And what are the main reasons you use childcare? DO NOT PROMPT

Because me/my partner are at work 1

Because me/my partner are at college/uni/studying/training 2

To give child chance to spend time with other children 3

To give child chance to do other activities 4

Child enjoys it 5

Gives grandparents chance to spend time with him/her 6

To give me/my partner chance to do other things 7

It provides food 8

Other (write in) 9

ASK IF Q2 = BREAKFAST CLUB (CODE 1)

Q4 And thinking about the breakfast club, how much would you agree or disagree with the following statements…. READ OUT

Strongly agree Slightly agree Neither agree nor disagree Slightly disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know Not applicable – don’t pay Not applicable – doesn’t provide this
The location is convenient Not Applicable Not Applicable
It is available at convenient times Not Applicable Not Applicable
It is available on convenient days Not Applicable Not Applicable
Given our family income, it is affordable Not Applicable
One of the reasons I use it, is that it provides free or subsidised food Not Applicable

ASK IF Q2=After-school club (CODE 2)

Q4a

Is the after-school club that your child goes to one that is mainly set up to provide child-care after-school (for example, for parents who are working), or is it mainly for the activity itself (for example, sports, music, Brownies, Beavers)?

Mainly for child-care 1

Mainly for the activity 2

Child goes to both kinds 3

ASK IF Q4a = Mainly for child-care or Child goes to both kinds

Q5 And thinking about the after-school club [IF CODE 3 AT Q4A ADD: that is mainly for child-care] how much would you agree or disagree with the following statements…. READ OUT

Strongly agree Slightly agree Neither agree nor disagree Slightly disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know Not applicable – don’t pay Not applicable – doesn’t provide this
The location is convenient Not Applicable Not Applicable
It is available at convenient times Not Applicable Not Applicable
It is available on convenient days Not Applicable Not Applicable
Given our family income, it is affordable Not Applicable
One of the reasons I use it, is that it provides free or subsidised food Not Applicable

ASK IF Q1=YES (CODE 1) AND Q2 NOT BREAKFAST OR AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (NOT CODE 1 OR 2)

Q5A Why do you use this childcare rather than a breakfast or after-school club? PROMPT IF NECESSARY

There aren’t any in the area 1

Not aware of any in the area 2

No spaces available 3

Too expensive 4

Timings don’t suit 5

Lack of transport/can’t pick up or drop off 6

Child doesn’t like it 7

Too long a day/too long to be away from home 8

Prefer family/friends to look after him/her 9

Other (write in) 10

ASK IF Q1=NO (CODE 2)

MULTICODE OK

Q6 What are the main reasons you don’t use any of these forms of childcare? PROMPT IF NECESSARY

Don’t need it – me/my partner can look after him/her 1

Don’t need it - child is old enough to look after themselves 2

Don’t need it – older sibling can look after them 3

I can’t afford it 4

There isn’t any available near me 5

It’s not flexible enough 6

Too difficult to arrange financial support with costs 7

Other (write in) 8

ASK IF Q1=NO (CODE 2)

Q7 As far as you know, are there any affordable breakfast clubs near you?

Yes 1

Yes but can’t get a place 2

No 3

Don’t know 4

ASK IF Q7=NO or DON’T KNOW (CODE 4 OR 5)

Q8 And if there was an affordable breakfast club near you, how interested would you be in using it? READ OUT…

Very interested 1

Somewhat interested 2

Not very interested 3

Not at all interested 4

Don’t know 5

ASK IF Q1=NO (CODE 2)

Q8a As far as you know, are there any affordable after-school clubs near you?

Yes 1

Yes but can’t get a place 2

No 3

Don’t know 4

ASK IF Q8=NO or DON’T KNOW (CODE 4 OR 5)

Q8b And if there was an affordable after-school club near you, how interested would you be in using it?

Very interested 1

Somewhat interested 2

Not very interested 3

Not at all interested 4

Don’t know 5

ASK IF Q8 OR Q8b=VERY/SOMEWHAT INTERESTED (CODE 1 OR 2 at EITHER)

Q9 What would be the main reasons you would use [a breakfast club/an after school club/a breakfast club and after-school club]? PROMPT IF NECESSARY

To allow me/my partner to work 1

To allow me/my partner to work more hours 2

To allow me/my partner to study/train 3

To give child chance to spend time with other children 4

To give child chance to do other activities 5

To give me/my partner chance to do other things 6

To access free or subsidised food 7

Other (write in) 8

ASK ALL

Q10 Now thinking about the school holidays, in a typical week, does anyone apart from you [IF LIVING WITH PARTNER: or your partner] look after him/her? Please include playschemes, holiday clubs, a childminder, grandparent, or other friends or family.

Yes 1

No 2

ASK IF Q10=YES (CODE 1)

MULTICODE OK

Q11 Who looks after him/her? PROBE Does anyone or anywhere else regularly look after him/her during the holidays? PROMPT IF NECESSARY

Playscheme/holiday club 1

Childminder 2

Nanny/babysitter 3

Grandparent(s) 4

Ex-partner (not living in house) 5

Older brother/sister 6

Another relative 7

Friend/neighbour 8

Other (write in) 9

ASK IF Q10=YES (CODE 1)

MULTICODE OK

Q12 And what are the main reasons you use this care during the holidays? PROMPT IF NECESSARY

Because me/my partner are at work 1

Because me/my partner are at college/uni/studying/training 2

So me/my partner don’t have to use up so many holidays 3

So me/my partner don’t have to take unpaid leave 4

To take the pressure off grandparents/family/friends 5

To give child chance to spend time with other children 6

To give child chance to do other activities 7

Child enjoys it 8

Gives grandparents chance to spend time with him/her 9

Gives ex-partner chance to spend time with him/her 10

It provides food 11

Other (write in) 12

ASK IF Q11 = HOLIDAY CLUB (CODES 1)

Q13 And thinking about the playscheme/holiday club, how much would you agree or disagree with the following statements…. READ OUT

Strongly agree Slightly agree Neither agree nor disagree Slightly disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know Not applicable – don’t pay Not applicable – doesn’t provide this
The location is convenient Not Applicable Not Applicable
It is available at convenient times Not Applicable Not Applicable
Given our family income, it is affordable Not Applicable
One of the reasons I use it, is that it provides free or subsidised food Not Applicable

ASK IF Q10=YES (CODE 1) AND Q11 NOT HOLIDAY CLUB (NOT CODE 1)

MULTICODE OK

Q14 Why do you use this childcare rather than a playscheme or holiday club? PROMPT IF NECESSARY

There aren’t any in the area 1

Not aware of any in the area 2

No spaces available 3

Too expensive 4

Timings don’t suit 5

Lack of transport/can’t pick up or drop off 6

Child doesn’t like it 7

Prefer family/friends to look after him/her 8

Other (write in) reason 9

ASK IF Q10=NO (CODE 2)

MULTICODE OK

Q15 What are the main reasons you don’t use any of these forms of childcare during the holidays? PROMPT IF NECESSARY

Don’t need it – me/my partner can look after him/her 1

Don’t need it - child is old enough to look after themselves 2

Don’t need it – older sibling can look after them 3

I can’t afford it 4

There isn’t any available near me 5

It’s not flexible enough 6

Too difficult to arrange financial support with costs 7

Other (write in) 8

ASK IF Q10=NO (CODE 2)

Q16 As far as you know, are there any play schemes or holiday clubs near you?

Yes 1

Yes but can’t get a place 2

No 3

Don’t know 4

ASK IF Q16=YES (CODE 1)

Q16b And are they affordable for you?

Yes 1

No 2

Don’t know 3

ASK IF Q16=NO or DON’T KNOW (CODE 3 OR 4) OR Q16b =NO OR DON’T KNOW (CODE 2 OR 3)

Q17 And if there was an affordable playscheme or holiday club near you, how interested would you be in using it?

Very interested 1

Somewhat interested 2

Not very interested 3

Not at all interested 4

Don’t know 5

ASK IF Q17=VERY/SOMEWHAT INTERESTED (CODE 1 OR 2)

Q18 What would be the main reasons you would use it? PROMPT IF NECESSARY

So me/my partner don’t have to use up so many holidays 1

So me/my partner don’t have to take unpaid leave 2

To take the pressure off grandparents/family/friends 3

To allow me/my partner to work 4

To allow me/my partner to work more hours 5

To allow me/my partner to study/train 6

To give child chance to spend time with other children 7

To give child chance to do other activities 8

To give me/my partner chance to do other things 9

To access free or subsidised food 10

Other (write in) 11

DEMOGRAPHIC SECTION

ASK ALL

D1 And what is your household's total annual income before any deductions for income tax, National Insurance, and so on? IF NECESSARY: We are asking this because we want to look at whether the use of childcare varies between households with different incomes.

£15,000 or less 1

£15,001 to £20,000 2

£20,001 to £30,000 3

£30,001 to £45,000 4

£45,001 to £60,000 5

£60,001 to £80,000 6

£80,001 to £100,000 7

More than £100,000 8

ASK ALL

D2 How would you describe your gender identity? Would you describe yourself as a… READ OUT

Man 1

Woman 2

In another way (if you would like to, please tell me what other words you use) 3


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