Research on the Benefits of Childminding – can you help?

Research on the Benefits of Childminding – can you help?
Ipsos MORI is carrying out research for the Scottish Government on the benefits of childminding for children and families. The aim is to better understand how people view childminding (including childminders and parents using childminding services), the benefits for families, and how childminding meets the needs of parents and children.

The findings will then be used to increase understanding about the value of childminding and to support more parents to access childminding for their funded hours entitlement. To thank you for taking the time to contribute, you would receive a £30 payment.

What’s Involved? 
Ipsos MORI is looking for childminders to take part in a telephone interview with a researcher. They will ask about your views on the benefits of childminding and the different ways in which childminders support children and families.

The call would be at a time convenient for you (this can be daytime or evening) and would last around 45 minutes to an hour. Everything you say will be confidential and your data will be stored securely.

Parent / Carer Interviews
Ipsos MORI would also like to ask for your help to involve parents and carers of pre-school children, so they can hear about why they chose to use a childminder and how it works for them. This would also involve a telephone interview at a time convenient for them, and they would also receive £30 as a thank you.

Even if you do not want to take part in the research yourself, it would be very helpful if you could pass this information and the opportunity to contribute on to parents and carers.  

More information
For more information, please find the letter for childminders from Ipsos MORI below and another letter for you to share with any parents or carers you think might like to take part. 

If you have further questions, please get in touch with Ipsos MORI by emailing or by calling Kate on 07583 127413 by Friday 26 February.

Letter for Childminders
Letter for Parents/Carers