10th Annual Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey now OPEN


Calling all parents and childcare providers: Share your views on the provision of childcare in Northern Ireland, and the support available for parents and childcare providers. Employers For Childcare has opened the 10th Annual Childcare Cost Survey and needs to hear from you! Please complete the short survey here:



Those who respond are in with a chance of winning an overnight stay at Galgorm Resort & Spa (parents) or a £100 Boots voucher (childcare providers).


This important research informs Employers For Childcare’s campaigning for better support for childcare in Northern Ireland to ensure it meets the needs of families and childcare providers.




Child Brain Injury Trust are launching a CPD approved training programme, to all early years staff right across the UK. Working through this programme will result in your nursery or day care unit being recognised as “Head Injury Aware”.  While progressing through the course you will also learn about brain injury through serious illnesses like stroke, encephalitis and hydrocephalus to name a few.


Registration for this specialist training is open now for the next class that starts on the 1st April 2019 – Please click here for more information.



Play Matters – Playing with nature, mud and getting dirty



Who can remember being outdoors building dens, climbing trees, making perfumes from leaves and flowers or playing with mud, stones or water? These types of childhood outdoor play experiences have been declining over time and children today are therefore having much less contact with the natural world.


Please click the link to download our first play briefing sheet for 2019 ‘Playing with nature, mud and getting dirty’ aims to help parents consider the importance of letting children have contact with the natural world including their exposure to bacteria and germs and indeed, playing with mud, making a mess and getting dirty!