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The Department for Education have today published the results of the Early Years and Childcare Survey of Parents 2012-13.

Findings from the survey include:

  • 78% of all families in England with children aged 0 to 14 had used some form of childcare during their most recent term-time week – this equated to 4,194,000 families or 6,090,000 children
  • the majority of families (63%) had used formal childcare and early years provision, whereas 39% had used informal childcare (provided by friends and family)
  • the majority of all parents (58%) rated the overall quality of local childcare provision as very or fairly good
  • on perceptions of cost opinions were divided, 32% of parents rated the affordability of local childcare as very or fairly good, with 29% unsure and 39% saying it was very or fairly poor
  • the proportion of mothers in employment increased from 60% in 2011 to 64% in 2012

You can view the report here

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