Why have you written to me?

Your family and around 6000 others have now taken part in our research which is helping us to understand how childcare and early education can help children like yours to get the best start in life. The next stage is just as important – we would like to talk to you again to see how things have changed for you and your child.

Who is carrying out the research?

This exciting and important new study is being carried out for the Department for Education (DfE) by NatCen Social Research, working with the University of Oxford, Frontier Economics and Action for Children.

What does the research involve?

Once again, we’d like to ask a NatCen Social Research interviewer to visit your home. We'll be asking you general questions about your family, your child and their health and educational needs, as well as any changes since we last spoke to you.

In addition to an interview with you, we would also like to do some simple exercises with your child. 

What if I don’t want to take part?

If you have received a letter but don’t want to take part in the study anymore, please contact us and quote the reference number on the top right hand corner of your letter.

Taking part in the study is completely voluntary and if you change your mind at any point, that’s fine.

Moving house?

If your address is different to the one on the letter we sent you or you are just about to move house you can contact us to let us know your new contact details.

How will the information I provide be used?

The results will help the government make decisions about early education for children in England. Anything you tell us is confidential. Any information collected about you and your child will be stored securely without names or addresses attached.  The survey results collected are for statistical purposes only – you or your child will not be identified in any reports or publications.


Your personal details and interview responses will remain strictly confidential and will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Any benefits you may be receiving will not be affected by taking part in this study.

Where's my reference number?

You can find your unique reference number in the top right-hand corner of the letter you've received from us.

Why do you want to contact my child's teacher?

Speaking to teachers helps us to gain an even better understanding of the development of children and the impact of early education.

We are asking parents/carers if they would be willing to give us the contact details of their child’s teacher and permission to contact this teacher to ask some additional questions about their child.

Anything you or the teacher tells us is confidential. Any information collected about your children will be stored securely without names or addresses attached.

Please note that even if you consent to us contacting your child’s class teacher, the teacher is not under any obligation to take part.  Also, your responses will not be shown to the teacher, nor will the teacher’s answers be shared with you the parent/carer.

Will you tell my childcare provider I am taking part in the study?

If we contact a childcare provider to arrange a visit we will only inform them that a child using their services is part of our study (we will not reveal the child's name). 

We are also asking families if we can contact their childcare providers to get feedback on their child's general progress and development. Please rest assured, we will never contact a provider about your child without your consent and agreement.

Where can I find out more?

For more information please contact us.