Belfast Telegraph

Family-friendly firms in awards hunt

Employers For Childcare Charitable Group has announced that applications for the second annual Childcare Works Awards are now open.

The Childcare Works Awards have been designed by Employers For Childcare Charitable Group to encourage and showcase leading examples of excellence and innovation in family-friendly working policies.

Applicants are invited to detail how their family-friendly working policies lead the way in excellence and set the standard for others to follow.

There are four categories to choose from: public sector, large private sector, small to medium enterprises and registered charities or social enterprises.

Three overall winners from each category will be selected by the esteemed judging panel and will receive a prestigious prize at an exclusive business ceremony in Belfast City Hall in September, which will be hosted by Tim McGarry.

Marie Marin, chief executive of the organisation, said: "Employers For Childcare Charitable Group is delighted to be able to recognise innovative thinking and excellence in family friendly employment practices."

Joanne Uprichard, marketing manager of event media partner Belfast Telegraph and NI, said: "We are delighted to be associated with 2012 Childcare Works Awards as we realise how important it is to the economy to encourage family friendly employment practices to help maintain a reliable and productive work force."

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, August 14.

Email for application details, call freephone 0800 028 3008 or visit website