The Department for Education (DfE) has commissioned NatCen Social Research, working with the University of Oxford, Frontier Economics and 4Children, to conduct an eight-year study of early education in England. This study will find out how early education can help to give children the best start in life and what is important for high quality provision.

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), DfE is the data controller for this study. NatCen Social Research, Frontier Economics, the University of Oxford and 4Children are acting as its data processors.

How your personal data will be used
Personal data collected as part of this study will only be used for research purposes and processed in accordance with the DPA. Data collected through the study will be analysed by the NatCen research team so they can understand the relationship between early education experience, setting quality and the home learning environment on later attainment and school readiness. Responses will be treated in strictest confidence, with the results collected being anonymised and used for statistical purposes only.

How personal data will be stored
Information collected during the study will be stored securely with names and addresses of participants removed and held separately. Names and contact details will be kept for the purpose of interviewing participants in future waves of this study.

Withdrawing from the survey
You may withdraw from taking part in the study at any time, in which case no further information will be collected from you and your contact details will be destroyed. Where possible, we will also remove any identifying information which has not yet been anonymised.

If you wish to withdraw from the study, please contact NatCen by telephone on 0800 652 0157 or via

Contacting us
If you would like to know more about the study please contact the NatCen research team via or the Department for Education (quoting the Study of Early Education and Development):

Public Communications Unit
Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT.
Email: via website
Tel: 0370 000 2288. Website: