Latest research and reports

Surveys are an important research tool which enable us to collect data for our reports. We use surveys to acquire statistical data about families as well as to collect qualitative data relating to the opinions of families.

Social Impact Report

February 2017

Since 2008, Employers For Childcare have invested £4.3 million into providing services for working families.

Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey 2016

November 2016

Employers For Childcare's 7th annual Childcare Cost Survey reveals that almost two thirds of parents struggled to meet their childcare bill.

Choosing Childcare in Northern Ireland

July 2016

This report explores over 1,000 local parents' experiences of looking for childcare for the first time.

Choosing Childcare in Northern Ireland: A First Time Parent’s Guide

June 2016

This five part guide provides easy-to-read descriptions of the various types of childcare available in Northern Ireland.

‘How to Be a Family Friendly Employer’ Guide

May 2016

This guide has been created for employers who are beginning to develop a family friendly approach to working.

Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey 2015

December 2015

New findings from our sixth annual Childcare Costs Survey show that the cost of childcare in Northern Ireland continues to rise.

Striking the Balance: the impact becoming a parent has on working life, employment and career

October 2015

The Striking the Balance report outlines the challenges that working parents in Northern Ireland face today.

Childcare Costs Reports: Why do we publish them?

January 2015

Following numerous comments on social media about our Childcare Cost Survey, we thought we would provide some additional information.

Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey 2014

November 2014

Our fifth annual childcare cost survey shows that the cost of childcare continues to rise, with the average full-time place costing £162 per week.

Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey 2013

December 2013

Childcare costs continue to be on the rise, with an average full-time place now costing £158 per week.