Family and Childcare Trust aims to make the UK a better place for families, through research, campaigning and information provision, and working with government, employers and parents to reduce pressures on family life.
We bring over 40 years of experience in research into family life. We use our expertise to campaign for quality childcare that is affordable and accessible to parents, and to ensure families get a better work-life balance through our campaign to promote working rights for parents.
Our annual childcare costs survey is recognised as the definitive source of data on childcare in the UK, and our Report Card examines how family friendly we are as a nation. We work in partnership with local authorities and other organisations to ensure parents know about their entitlement to free childcare through our consultancy work, through our work with Family Information Services, and through delivering information to parents through peer-to-peer schemes in local communities.
Our insight into the lived experiences of families enables us to work with business and other organisations to promote the benefits of family friendly working practices, encouraging employers to recognise the needs of parents as employees. We help organisations to design their products and services with the needs of families at the heart of their customer offer.
We assess the impact of austerity on family resources, and continue to explore new areas of research on issues such as family housing.