Working For Parents
Our charity works directly with parents through our Family Benefits Advice Service and for parents through our research, policy and lobbying work. Our core aim is to support parents – making it easier for them to get into work, and to stay in work – by addressing the barrier that a lack of affordable childcare presents to working parents. Our ethos is to address childcare, not only as a social issue, but also as a labour market and economic issue.
How is our charity funded?
Our charity is solely funded from our social enterprises. Just like any other business, we make a profit – but it is what we do with this profit that sets us apart from other businesses. When a business chooses to use our services they are choosing to Buy Social. 100% of the profits from our Social Enterprise are reinvested into our charity work.
How much have we invested?
Since 2008 we have reinvested £6.2 million into providing services for local families. We provide a free, impartial and confidential Family Benefits Advice Service, we carry out research addressing childcare and work related issues and we lobby local Government to improve support for families.
Through both charitable and social enterprise activities, our impact in the community in 2017/18 has included:
- 13,600+ parents using our Childcare Vouchers, collectively saving those parents £13.2 million in childcare costs
- 2,750 employers offering the Childcare Voucher scheme to their staff, collectively saving those employers £4.6 million in National Insurance Contributions
- 7,500+ better-off calculations carried out by the Family Benefits Advice Service, with working parents who received a personal benefits check gaining an average of £3,589 in financial support
- publication of the 8th annual Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey
- hosting of the Family Friendly Employers Awards 2018.
You can read more in our full Social Impact Report 2017/18.
Employers For Childcare is a registered charity with charitable registration number 101176.
Read what employers say about our FBAS team
Our Family Benefits Advice Service is available to host information sessions in local businesses and other organisations that would benefit from family benefits advice:
‘Employers For Childcare were extremely flexible with regards to arranging and conducting the presentations for our organisation and provided the most up-to-date advice on changes as soon as they received them. We will have no hesitation in using Employers For Childcare again for further presentations and are pleased to continue working with them.’
‘I found your session extremely useful and more importantly, the staff did also! It was really great that you remained impartial and highlighted facts and quirks of the scheme as well as differences etc. it was extremely useful to have a representative come onsite rather than direct staff to read material online. As for the 121 sessions, I have received positive feedback as this is where employees received advice on the most beneficial/ cost saving scheme for them. These sessions were quick, painless and honest which was most appreciated. Overall you were very professional and presented information in a straightforward, understandable manner. You were also flexible on the day with a back to back schedule, so thank you for coming in and your patience on the day!’
Marie-Claire McNally, Kainos
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