|Authors:||Mike Brewer and Jonathan Shaw|
|Date:||13 January 2005|
This is the main finding from new IFS research funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, which compared how well four large-scale surveys of parents captured their use of childcare. The research was funded by the DWP in order to help the Department address inconsistencies across different survey sources.
The differences are most evident in the proportion of families with children using centre-based care, out-of-school clubs, and close relatives: the proportion using childminders or nannies, though, is reasonably similar across the datasets. Download full version