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"With the cost of living crisis hitting hard, the services we provide have never been more needed and like all other businesses, it's been a difficult and challenging few years, yet our sector continues to innovate, adapt, and go from strength to strength."

Those are the words of Marie Marin, CEO of Employers for Childcare, a charity in Northern Ireland that over the past year helped parents identify $11.2 million in financial support they didn't know they were entitled to.

The group's Social Enterprise businesses, which include a childcare voucher administration service, recruitment packages for childcare providers, and a state-of-the-art family adventure center, 100% of profits made from those businesses are donated to the charity, the BBC reports.

"Through the profits we generated, we have been able to provide a free advice service which has helped parents identify," Marin says.

"With costs rising and many families struggling to make ends meet, this service is needed now more than ever."

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