Parents Urged To Sign Up For Childcare Vouchers Before Scheme Closes

Parents are being encouraged to sign up for Childcare Vouchers before the scheme closes to new entrants in the coming weeks.

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said concerns around childcare costs are among the top issues raised by constituents and urged all working parents not to be afraid to speak to their employers to ask them to join the scheme, allowing them often much needed financial support with childcare.

She continued: "As a working mother, I not only recognise the importance of good quality childcare, but the need to have access to it. I would urge anyone interested to sign up to the scheme before the cut off point of October 4th. By accessing childcare vouchers it allows staying in employment that little bit easier.
News Image
"And if you're employer isn't already linked to the scheme, ask them to do so. As the employer of working parents I have recently joined Employers for Childcare and now provide my constituency staff the opportunity to sacrifice part of their salary in exchange for childcare vouchers. As the amount is deducted before tax is taken, they are able to save on their tax bill.

"Excellent childcare is absolutely vital to the development of our children and a necessity to allow parents and carers access to training and employment opportunities. It is important to sign up now before the scheme closes to new applicants.

"The scheme will continue for those who have already joined and will be of particular benefit for everyone who is in receipt of child tax credits once Universal Credit is fully rolled out."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

19 May 2008
Minding Kids Is No Childsplay
Many families seeking childcare in Northern Ireland are finding the search difficult, according to a major new survey on childcare commissioned by NICMA - the Childminding Association.
17 November 2003
Belfast seminar to tackle childcare barriers
A seminar aimed at removing childcare barriers for women in full time work is to take place in Belfast next week.
01 March 2010
Grant Boosts Rural Child Care
More cash from the Government is set to creatre much-needed childcare vacancies in country areas of NI. The Childminding Association (NICMA) hopes to create 400 extra childcare places in rural communities, after a Department of Agriculture and Rural Development grant.
28 September 2011
Hundreds More Childminder Places Sought
NI's Childminding Association (NICMA) has launched a report today that proposes the creation of an additional 900 childminding places annually over the next four years. The proposal, which was launched at Stormont's Parliament Buildings, is part of a package of measures that NICMA is urging the Northern Ireland Executive to adopt.
30 September 2003
Employers’ role in childcare support 'crucial' says Beggs
The crucial role employer's play in supporting childcare provision for the workforce should not be underestimated, former East Antrim UUP MLA Roy Beggs said today.