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Less than 1 week left to #SaveChildcareVouchers

Due to the roll out of Tax-Free Childcare, the Government will close Childcare Vouchers to new entrants next month on 4th October 2018 . This will also apply to existing users who change employer for any reason – they will not be able to re-join the scheme. We want to make sure that parents are given a choice of financial support in order to bes...

10 common myths about Childcare Vouchers

Childcare Vouchers schemes will close to new joiners from 4th October 2018, so parents need to now decide whether they'll benefit from them, and then sign up before it's too late. To make things clearer, we've put a list together of 10 of the most common myths about Childcare Vouchers, so that no one misses out on the savings they're entitled to...

Hassle free children’s birthday parties

When it comes to a big celebration, some parents thrive on planning, decorating and hosting. Others - myself included - want to make birthdays as fuss-free as possible. Whatever your preference, it's clear from talking with other parents that many of us feel pressured to match parties hosted by others while trying to contain the cost and...

Childcare Vouchers deadline extended by six months!

Earlier this month the government announced that Childcare Vouchers will remain open to new entrants alongside Tax-Free Childcare for a further 6 months beyond the original April 2018 cut-off. This is all thanks to parents like you who signed the petition or wrote to your MP to express your concerns. So far the government have stated that the ne...

Your very last chance to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme

Update: Since this article was originally published the government has extended the deadline to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme to October 2018. The precise date in October is yet to be confirmed by HMRC. All other information provided in this article remains relevant.   Childcare Vouchers is closing to new joiners from 6 th April 2018, and you...

Maximise your childcare savings

Update: Since this article was originally published the government has extended the deadline to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme to October 2018. The precise date in October is yet to be confirmed by HMRC. All other information provided in this article remains relevant.   Maximise your childcare savings with Childcare Vouchers and 30 Hours Free...

Time is running out

Update: Since this article was originally published the government has extended the deadline to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme to October 2018. The precise date in October is yet to be confirmed by HMRC. All other information provided in this article remains relevant.   Childcare funding: The choice is yours (but only until your March payroll!...

Update on the Childcare Vouchers debate and what you can do to support the campaign

You may have been following our on-going fight to keep Childcare Vouchers open alongside Tax-Free Childcare, to give parents a genuine choice of the financial support that best suits their families’ needs. As things stand, the Government will close access to Childcare Vouchers to new parents from this April. This will also apply to existing user...

Mythbuster: 30 hours free childcare + Childcare Vouchers

Update: Since this article was originally published the government has extended the deadline to join a Childcare Vouchers scheme to October 2018. The precise date in October is yet to be confirmed by HMRC. All other information provided in this article remains relevant.   It is a common misconception that you cannot claim both Childcare Vouchers...

First steps towards adult independence

First steps towards adult independence Adolescence can be a fraught time for many families as their child, now young person, learns to become independent. This is normal but the struggle to redefine the parent/child relationship can feel painful for both parties. Parents can feel their child, once happy to hold their hand, slipping through their...

Preparing your child for a new baby

A new baby means big changes for the whole family. Second (or third) time around, you’ve got a pretty good idea what’s coming. But your toddler has no idea what’s about to hit them and there’s a good chance they won’t particularly like it when it happens. A new baby means lots of things toddlers don’t like: sharing toys, sharing the limelight,...

Ideas for low cost, high impact summer holiday childcare

With the school holidays in full swing the search is on for low cost, high impact childcare. We’ve done the legwork to provide you with a comprehensive guide to summer holiday childcare options to accommodate all budgets and age ranges from four to sixteen. Every little helps when it comes to meeting the eye-watering cost of summer childcare. Ma...

30 hours free Childcare Q&A

In England 3 and 4 year olds of working parents are already entitled to 15 hours per week of free childcare however the government has plans to increase this to 30 hours per week. When and where?  The scheme was rolled out in September 2016 to 8 councils; these are Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, Northumberland, York, Newham and...

How to keep your child safe online

Some 53% of children aged eleven to sixteen have seen lewd content online with 94% having seen some by the age of fourteen. This striking statistic from research commissioned for the NSPCC is just one reason why parents must understand what goes on online and how to protect their child in a virtual world. Connected and Protected Mobile devices...

Trick or Treat: The Parent Hub guide to Halloween

Halloween is one of the most eagerly anticipated sugar mining opportunities for children. This year, (in addition to managing sugar consumption, dreaming up costume and party ideas) many parents are concerned about older children trick or treating by themselves in light of the ‘creepy clown craze’ gathering pace across the UK. We’ve gathered...

Are your kids eating healthy without you?

Getting children enjoying healthy food from an early age is the way to help them eat well for the rest of their lives. But how can you tell if your child is getting a healthy meal when you’re not there?  Well the good news is that school meals have changed a lot since Turkey Twizzlers and vending machines full of sugar – school meals in 2016 are...

The Path To Independence Day

Our ultimate goal as parents is to enable our children to live, think and function independently.  Yet a recent survey found, a quarter of children today undertake absolutely no household chores .  Working mums complete on average 26 morning tasks before going to work. These range from making the children’s breakfast and preparing lunchboxes to...

Learn what’s available to lower the cost of childcare

As you may know, we recently held ‘Working Parents Week’ where we hosted a number of webinars supporting working parents. Thousands of parents joined us over the week to learn more about childcare options available to them and went away with some helpful information and tips.   Whether you attended a Working Parents Week webinar, or wanted to bu...

Shared Parental Leave – One Year On

Shared Parental Leave is celebrating its first birthday this month.  The idea behind the initiative was to enable parents to share work and childcare responsibilities more equally than was possible under previous maternity leave rules. To what extent have working parents bought into this new idea? And what difference is it making to those who do...

Finding the right childcare for pre-teens

There are a number of different options for parents wanting to find the right out of school childcare for their pre-teens that fits around their lives. Here Debra Tammer from Bestbear, which provides information on childcare services to parents, childcarers, agencies, nurseries and employers, goes through the options to help you choose what best...