Research and Reports

Influencing government policy

Employers For Childcare’s research primarily seeks to evidence the issues parents and families face in relation to childcare, work and employment. Our findings are used to influence government policy and underpin our own service delivery.

Our research reaches far and wide, including a contribution to an international collection of reports on the costs of raising children published by Edward Elgar, or more locally an analysis of childcare and the rising rate of child poverty in the Child Poverty Alliance’s Beneath the Surface report.

We conduct the annual Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey which is well recognised across the sector and with politicians and policy makers alike.

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.

Randox Group endorses campaign to #SaveChildcareVouchers

Randox Group endorsement of campaign to #SaveChildcareVouchers

Analysis of the Government’s response to the Treasury Committee’s ‘Report on Childcare’

Treasury Committee reiterates its call to keep Childcare Vouchers open

Experiences of Childcare Providers in Northern Ireland Report

Highlighting the experiences of childcare providers in Northern Ireland who are vital to providing childcare & supporting working parents.

Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey 2017

Childcare is a barrier to work: the average cost of a full-time childcare place in NI is £168 per week, equivalent to almost 40% of average household income.

Social Impact Report 2016/17

Since 2008, Employers For Childcare have invested £5.2 million into providing services for working families.

Social Impact Report 2015/16

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

Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey 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

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

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

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