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Families Experiencing Multiple Disadvantage

Their Use of and Views on Childcare Provision

The first stage of this study locates families along a continuum of disadvantage using a specially devised index of multiple disadvantage. The analysis in the report then uses this measure to explore patterns of childcare use, parents’ views on local childcare provision, and how childcare and other issues influence maternal employment decisions, from the point of view of families experiencing multiple disadvantage.

The definition of ‘childcare and early years provision’ in the Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents series is very inclusive. It covers free early education delivered by a range of providers as well as formal and informal provision of non-parental care. The term childcare is used here in respect of both early education and childcar