Have you got a few minutes to help improve childcare services in Northern Ireland?

A review of childcare services in Northern Ireland, commissioned by the Department of Education, wants to hear from parents, carers, childcare providers of all types and others in the sector.

The review wants to understand the current state of the childcare sector in Northern Ireland, including the supply and demand of childcare services, their accessibility and affordability, the financial health of providers and any workforce challenges faced by the sector.

The review will involve surveys and focus groups or interviews with parents, carers, childcare providers and other people within the childcare sector.

  • Survey for parents and carers of children aged between 0 and 14 years of age in Northern Ireland (answers are anonymous) – tinyurl.com/mrc7dskp
  • Survey for managers of childcare settings or registered providers of childcare services in Northern Ireland (including registered childminders of different types). Please note you don’t have to complete the survey in one go and your privacy and anonymity will always be protected. – https://bit.ly/3QwSObR

Both surveys close on 30 September.

The independent review is being carried out by a research company called RSM, with support from: National Children’s Bureau; Dr Glenda Walsh of Stranmillis University College; and LucidTalk.

The final report is expected in December 2022 and will inform the development of the NI Executive’s Childcare Strategy.