An investigation into the factors that influence parental choice of early education and care

Beckett, Lynn Susan (2015). An investigation into the factors that influence parental choice of early education and care. University of Birmingham. M.Res.

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This study explores the factors that influence parents’ choice of early education and care in a local authority with high levels of deprivation. A questionnaire survey, which generated both quantitative and qualitative data, provides an insight into parents’ views.

The study focuses on parents using their child’s entitlement to fifteen hours of free early education, in the private and voluntary sectors.

Findings show that the main factor influencing choice is location, followed by staff attitudes and behaviours, reputation and the free entitlement. Sources of information include word-of-mouth recommendations and the internet.

The study identifies the importance of parental engagement, with access to staff fundamental to the involvement of parents. The exchange of information helped to build relationships based on trust and co-operation which influenced parents’ satisfaction levels with the quality of both early education and care.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Res.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Res.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education


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