Childcare research final report

Date published: 01 July 2014

  • Author: RSM McClure Watters
  • Publication Date: July 2014


The Programme for Government 2011-15 commits the Northern Ireland (NI) Executive to ‘publish and implement a Childcare Strategy with key actions to provide integrated and affordable childcare’.

In order to contribute to the evidence base informing the Childcare Strategy, this research aims to:

  • provide an up to date assessment of the supply of childcare in NI
  • provide an assessment of the current and future demand for (formal and informal) childcare
  • identify key factors determining demand and supply of childcare
  • determine the nature and extent of market failure associated with childcare provision
  • assess the potential economic/employment impacts of addressing any gaps in provision
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