About Us

What is Employers For Childcare?

Employers For Childcare comprises a Social Enterprise and a registered charity. 100% of the profits from our Social Enterprise businesses – a Childcare Voucher company, a recruitment service for childcare providers and High Rise (an indoor family adventure centre) are invested into our charity.  As a charity, our aim is to make it easier for parents with dependent children to get into work and to stay in work. We address childcare as a labour market and economic issues, as well as a social one.

Our charity’s work includes providing a Freephone helpline and outreach service through our Family Benefits Advice Service alongside carrying out research and lobbying work on behalf of parents.

Last year we helped 14,300 people directly and carried out 5,100 personalised benefits checks – working parents who received one of these checks identified average savings of over £4,200.

Our Social Enterprise, Employers For Childcare Trading, provides a range of services to stakeholders:

EFC Trading   EFC Charity

Our History

We are a charity which developed from a community project set up in 1998, encouraging employers to implement family friendly policies in the workplace. Our Chief Executive, who founded the company, identified the barrier that a the lack of affordable, quality childcare presents to working parents. Our ethos was then, and remains today to address childcare, not only as a social issue but also as a labour market and economic issue.

Our Mission Statement

We donate 100% profit for social good.

Our Values

  • Integrity and Respect
  • Passionate and Professional
  • Ethical and Green

Learn more about our work

  • Who are we?

    Aoife Hamilton. Policy and Information Manager, explains a little about who Employers For Childcare are.

  • What is our aim?

    Marie Marin, Chief Executive, explains what is at the heart of what we do.

  • How do we make a difference to working families?

    Chris Briggs, our Senior Family Benefits Advisor, explains how our Family Benefits Advice Service makes a difference to the lives of working families.


Since 2012 we have held the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Accreditation for Information Security Management. Our information management system is fully compliant with international best practice security processes.

We are a founding member of the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA). We adhere to the CVPA Code of Practice set up by the industry body, which guarantees our clients receive the highest quality service and that all funds processed by us are fully safeguarded.

We are also a member of Helplines Network NI which is a membership–led organisation consisting of over 30 different helplines operating across Northern Ireland.