Research

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.

Surveys and Reports

Surveys are an important research tool which enables 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.

Reports archive can be found here.

Consultation Responses

Through our consultation responses, we aim to represent the views of parents with dependent children on issues relating to childcare, employment and work-life balance.

Consultation responses archive can be found here.

Get in touch for more information or call 0800 028 3008.