APPENDIX B GM EARLY YEARS PROVISION PROVIDER SURVEY
WELCOME TO THE GAELIC-MEDIUM EARLY YEARS PROVISION PROVIDER SURVEY
Gaelic-medium Early Years and childcare provision plays a crucial role in the Gaelic education system and Gaelic development initiatives. The National Plan for Gaelic has set ambitious targets, and achieving them will depend on attracting children and parents to the 'Gaelic system' from the earliest stages of education.
This survey is part of a review of Gaelic-medium Early Years provision in Scotland. The work was commissioned by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Scottish Government. It is being carried out by the Stirling Institute of Education and the department of Celtic & Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Our study aims to chart existing Gaelic-medium preschool services and childcare provision. We want to find out what changes or developments are needed to ensure that demand for provision can be met, and also how Gaelic-medium Early Years provision can be effectively promoted. The information that you will give us on this survey is an important part of the review. We need to know as much as possible about current Gaelic-medium Early Years provision if we are to make effective recommendations for future developments.
Each completed entry will be placed in a draw for 4 vouchers to spend on play equipment or resources for Early Years provision at the Early Learning Centre or Comhairle nan Leabhraichean (the Gaelic Books Council).
There are 9 sections to the survey; you need to complete 7 of these (one page has three sections for the different types of providers). We have tried to make completing it as easy as possible. Usually all you have to do is tick the appropriate box or boxes, but at other times we ask you to fill in some numbers or invite you to write a brief description. Your answers will be confidential to the research team. We have asked you to give us your name and the name of your provision so that we can record responses carefully and make sure that we cover a wide range of respondents. However, we will not disclose individual responses to the funders of the survey or anyone else.
Thank you for taking the time to respond to this survey. The closing date for completion is 22nd April 2009. If you have any queries about the survey or the review please contact Christine Stephen: email@example.com or 01786 467 630.
The survey takes 20-30 minutes to complete and can be saved part way through. There are three types of question: circles or 'radio buttons' to click, squares to tick, and boxes to type text into. Please note that once you have clicked on the 'continue' button at the bottom of each page you cannot return to review or amend that page.