SURVEY ON EATING HABITS (16-18 months old)
Have you been invited to take part in the Eating Habits Survey?
Some parents/caregivers will be invited to take part in an additional survey about eating habits when their child is around 16-18 months old. This survey has been set up by the Department for Education in close partnership with the Department for Health and Social Care.
The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is the government department responsible for health and social care policy.
The aim of the survey is to understand more about how children are eating to know how best to provide support around diet and nutrition in the future.
Survey on eating habits FAQs
You may have some questions about the survey on eating habits. Please read the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions to understand more. If you can’t find the answers to your questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
What will you ask me about?
We will ask you about: how your child was fed from birth, what your child is eating and drinking now, mealtime and snacking routines, your child’s teeth brushing and visits to the dentist, use of the Healthy Start scheme (if relevant), and your household’s access to food.
Why have I been asked to take part?
You kindly volunteered to be part of the Children of the 2020s study and gave permission to be invited to take part in future Children of the 2020s surveys.
When should I complete it by?
Please aim to complete the online survey within two weeks of receiving your invitation. After two weeks, you may receive some email or text message communications from us reminding you to complete your survey.
Can I leave and return to the online survey another time?
Yes. You can always make a start and complete it later if needed. You can do this by going back to the survey link and re-entering your password. This will take you to where you left off.
How long will the survey take?
It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
How do I claim my eGift voucher for taking part?
Once you have completed the survey, you will be asked for your email address. An email will then be sent to you within two weeks with an eCode and a link to a website where you can choose a £5 eGift voucher from a range of retailers. For more details on where you can spend the voucher please go to children2020s.select-your-reward.co.uk/yourchoices. If you have any queries about your voucher please contact us here.
Does my eGift voucher have an expiry date?
Yes, you have up to approximately 6 months to redeem your eGift voucher using the e-code we send you from the email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to check the expiration date. Once your e-code expires it becomes invalid and we cannot supply a new code.
Can I still be part of the study if I do not take part in this survey?
Your participation in the eating habits survey is also entirely voluntary, and you can withdraw your consent to take part without having to give a reason. You can choose not to do the eating habits survey and still be part of the Children of the 2020s study. If you wish to withdraw from this survey, please let us know by using the contact details here. Any data already collected will continue to be used unless you explicitly request that we delete it.
Here are some key study resources for the survey on eating habits, you can download if needed.