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.

Wraparound Childcare in Primary Schools

The first ever report to examine wraparound childcare provision in primary schools in Northern Ireland.

Childcare for All?

This report highlights the particular challenges faced by families whose children have a disability and/or special needs in accessing appropriate childcare.

Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey 2011

The survey showed that an average family can pay around £16,000 per year for childcare.

Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey 2010

The 2010 Childcare Cost Survey was the first to be carried out in Northern Ireland.  

Sizing Up

Sizing Up is a comparative study of childcare policy and legislation within the four regions of the UK.