What if don’t want to participate?
The decision to participate in the study is yours alone. You can choose to participate in some or all parts of the survey. If you decide to participate, and later change your mind, you can ask for your responses to be withdrawn without having to give us an explanation.
What will happen to the information collected about me?
The survey does not ask for personally-identifying information such as your name or date of birth. Each survey response will be automatically allocated a unique identification number. The unique ID and the data will be kept safely and securely on password protected computers. All research team members involved in analysis of data will have access to this data. The data will be digitised and held securely on password protected computers at Charles Sturt University in Australia, and on a password protected computer in Canada. Data will be retained for at least five years.
Data from this study will be used to inform a larger national study of educator well-being in Australia, and possibly in comparisons with data from larger studies. In addition, data from the project may be reported in journal articles and/or other presentations. In Canada, the data will be used by researcher Dr Brooke Richardson (Brock University), in collaboration with the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario, to inform community-based projects, presentations and ongoing work asserting the value of the profession. For example, the insights from this data will be helpful to include in messaging both to our members, our partners (other childcare, anti-poverty, family support organizations), and to governments working in the ECEC sector.
We believe that your participation in this project will make a very valuable contribution to research examining educators’ experiences of COVID-19. Whilst there will be no immediate health benefit to you from participating, taking part may raise your own awareness of your work related well-being.
Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to ask.