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Social Enterprise

Employers For Childcare is a Social Enterprise and Charity. We work for and with parents, employers and childcare providers across the UK. We distribute 100% of the profit we make from our Social Enterprise into our charity for social good. Our charity supports parents with dependent children to get into and stay in work.

What is a Social Enterprise?

Social Enterprises are businesses that trade to alleviate social problems, improve communities and enhance people’s life chances. They make money from selling goods and services in an open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community to maximise social impact and to create social change. They do this in lots of different ways: creating jobs for people who may be marginalised, reinvesting profits in community projects or charitable work, protecting the environment, or providing vital services for people who might not get them otherwise.

Employers For Childcare as a Social Enterprise

Our Social Enterprise, Employers For Childcare Trading, provides a range of services:

EFC Trading

Childcare Vouchers

We operate the only Social Enterprise Childcare Voucher company in the UK which benefits:

  • working parents: who save money on childcare costs
  • employers: through savings on Employer’s National Insurance Contributions, reduced absenteeism, and increased staff motivation/productivity
  • families across the UK: our charity (funded through our Social Enterprise activities), advises working parents on what financial support they are entitled to, and lobbies policymakers on their behalf.

While Childcare Vouchers closed to new entrants on 4 October 2018, existing users who have already registered for Childcare Vouchers, can continue to use the Scheme, as long as they remain eligible. For further details on this, contact our Family Benefits Advice Service on 0800 028 3008. Employers can also choose to switch their Childcare Voucher provider company – if you are interested in buying social, why not find out more about making the switch. Remember, it doesn’t cost you anything but benefits families across the UK!

High Rise (under construction) 

In 2019 we’ve embarked on a £2.5 million build-project of a new family adventure centre called ‘High Rise’ at our existing premises on Altona Road, Lisburn which will create up to 50 new jobs. High Rise is designed to be inclusive and will feature an innovative sensory room and quiet room benefiting a range of users, including children with additional needs, as well as a Changing Places toilet.  As part of a Social Enterprise, any profits from High Rise will be invested in Employers For Childcare’s charity which supports working parents.

Recruitment Services

For childcare providers, we help to remove the time and hassle involved in finding staff by offering tailored recruitment packages. This is a service that we developed to respond to the needs of the beneficiaries and clients we work with, as they had identified this gap.

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