Our work and services
Over 450,000 people a year benefit from Daycare Trust’s information services. Our Information Line is now closed due to the funding being withdrawn in June 2011. Over the years we have provided comprehensive information about childcare to callers; from parents trying to find out about their childcare options and the help they can get to pay for it, to employers seeking information about setting up a childcare voucher scheme for their employees. You can still access this information by:
We offer high quality training on a range of topics, from tax credits to involving parents in service development and delivery. Courses can be provided in house or through our programme. Further information about our training service.
Our Consultancy Service provides expert analysis, evaluation and recommendations on childcare and related issues to a range of organisations and services. Recent projects have included policy and organisational analysis, needs assessment exercises and option appraisal. Further information about our Consultancy Service.
Policy and Research
Daycare Trust conducts independent and robust research on behalf of a number of government departments, charities and research councils. Our research aims to further the availability of sustainable, affordable and good quality childcare to all families; offering real choices to families to balance work and family life. We provide an interface between government, childcare providers, end-users and their parents.
We maintain a high profile with our press and policy and work. We provide informed comment on key childcare issues to the media and government, ensuring that the benefits of childcare and the issues faced by parents are well understood.
Recent successes include leading the focus on listening to children in our policy work, which is being taken further in our Listening to Families project. We have also renewed the debate about good quality accessible childcare for black and minority ethnic families with the launch of our Ensuring Equality publication.
Daycare Trust offers a range of membership packages to suit organisations of all sizes, enabling everyone to support the work of Daycare Trust and be kept up-to-date with what we do and changes to childcare in the UK.
Parents who want to join Daycare Trust can become a member of our Parent Network for free.
All our services can be contacted via our reception on 0845 872 6260 (020 7940 7510).