Latest Northern Ireland Childcare Survey now open – don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard

Leading childcare charity Employers For Childcare is asking all parents and childcare providers in Northern Ireland to take just a few minutes to share their experience of using and providing childcare in the latest Northern Ireland Childcare Survey. This survey is the most comprehensive ongoing research into childcare in Northern Ireland and will be critical in informing work on the new Childcare Strategy, which is currently underway.

Marie Marin, Chef Executive of Employers For Childcare explains why it is vital that as many parents and childcare providers as possible complete this important survey: “The new Childcare Strategy for Northern Ireland is currently in development and the findings of this survey will help to shape the direction of this long-awaited and urgently-needed new childcare policy. What parents and childcare providers tell us through this research will be used to help secure greater investment in our childcare sector, to support parents, children and childcare providers.

“We share the frustration of parents and childcare providers who feel they are being left further behind as a result of the ever-widening gap between support for childcare here and elsewhere in the UK and Ireland. This is why it’s more important than ever to complete this year’s survey – to send a message to our politicians and policy-makers that this is a critical economic and social issue that requires urgent attention. We need to present a strong voice for change and we need your help”.

Parents and childcare providers who complete the survey have a chance to win one of two £50 shopping vouchers. Click below to complete the surveys:

Parent survey

Childcare provider survey



  1. For media enquiries, contact Sandra Bolan 0787 247 0323 or email
  2. Employers For Childcare is a charity and social enterprise, working on behalf of parents, employers and childcare providers. It has produced the Northern Ireland Childcare Survey since 2010, which is the most extensive study of its kind in Northern Ireland and is widely used to inform political debates, policy development in relation to the affordability of childcare, and service delivery. Previous Northern Ireland Childcare Survey reports are available here.