Meeting the childcare needs of families throughout COVID19

Childcare has been a critical issue throughout the COVID19 pandemic and has received significant public and media attention. It has been recognised as a priority for the Northern Ireland Executive and its important role in the reopening of key sectors of the economy, and in allowing people to return to work, has been acknowledged.

Employers For Childcare has been a member of an expert Childcare Reference Group, which has had an important role in advising policy-makers as they seek to ensure childcare is accessible for those who require it, and that childcare providers are properly supported at this difficult time. The group has met weekly since early May and its membership includes senior officials from the Departments of Health and Education, the Health and Social Care Board, Trusts, membership bodies and other sectoral stakeholders.

The Group is working hard to ensure accurate and up to date information on childcare, including the support available to the sector, is available as widely as possible, and in a timely fashion, to parents, employers and childcare providers. The summary document available to download from this page highlights some of the developments that have taken place, and provides useful signposting to a range of organisations which can provide relevant advice and information on childcare.

Further updates will be provided as and when more information is made available. In the meantime, the contact details of the range of support organisations are available in the briefing.

For free, impartial and confidential advice on childcare, including the financial support available, contact our Family Benefits Advice Service on 0800 028 3008 or email hello@employersforchildcare.org.