Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has encouraged people to participate in a major survey on the issue of childcare here.
Employers for Childcare's Childcare Cost Survey 2019 seeks the views on the provision of childcare in Northern Ireland, and the support available for parents and childcare providers. The results inform the organisation's campaigning for better support for childcare in Northern Ireland to ensure it meets the needs of families and childcare providers.
"I would encourage as many parents as possible to get involved with this year's Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey," said Mr Lyttle.
"If you are a parent or childcare provider, this is one of the best ways to make your voice heard. Quality childcare is vital to the development of children. Therefore it is disappointing we continue to see some families struggle to access it or make quality childcare work for them.
"This survey and the results will inform Employers for Childcare's campaigning for better support, so this a fantastic opportunity to ensure the opportunities are there to give quality childcare provision which is accessible and affordable for all."