Bolton Council has commissioned Enventure Research to undertake a series of face-to-face interviews with its residents regarding the free childcare offer in Bolton.
The Council wishes to ensure families are fully informed about the free childcare offer for two year olds and to find out how families can be better supported to take up their free place.
A small team of experienced interviewers will visit properties in pre-selected areas of Bolton and undertake the interviews with residents on the doorstep. Screening questions at the start of the survey will ensure that only those with a child of the relevant age will be asked to participate. The survey will cover topics including awareness of free childcare, methods of receiving information, awareness of childcare trials, current usage of free childcare and intention to use free childcare in the future.
The fieldwork will begin in August 2016 and visits to householders will be made at different times of the day, on weekdays and weekends, to encourage maximum participation.
The findings will be analysed and reported to the Council, and will be used to help monitor and improve the childcare services.