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Top tips: finding the best pre-school childcare

As with all childcare, what it best for you may not be the same for others. The key is finding the option that fits best with your child's needs, how much flexibility it can offer and affordability. Locations, holiday cover, hours needed are facto...

Posted on 02 July 2012

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,...

Posted on 27 January 2016

Government announcement for Childcare in 2015

You may have read in the news or seen in the press reports of an announcement the government has made about its plans for childcare funding in the UK, with a new scheme set to be implemented Autumn 2015 at the earliest which may replace the existi...

Posted on 20 March 2013

Want to know more about Childcare Vouchers? Visit Working Parents Zone

Working parents have lots of different types of support available to help them with the growing cost of childcare. Visit Working Parents Zone to discover how your family can save money through employer Childcare Vouchers. Working Parents Zone is a...

Posted on 28 April 2015

From afterschool clubs to extra tuition: Save money on all childcare

Few jobs fall neatly into the school day and school holidays, so most parents require wrap-around care until they are happy with their child being home alone. The good news is you can still use Childcare Vouchers after your child finishes full tim...

Posted on 29 April 2015

A guide to childcare options over the summer holidays

If I were a bonneted Victorian peasant, my heart would gladden at the thought of a long summer break from school during which my children would gladly assist with the harvest.  As a modern day working parent my shoulders slump at the thought of...

Posted on 28 May 2015

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...

Posted on 16 July 2018

5 things you should know about changes to childcare funding

As a working parent you will have experienced first-hand the crippling cost of childcare frequently reported in the news.  Many reduce this cost using Childcare Vouchers (CCV).  Recent planned changes to childcare funding will impact any parent du...

Posted on 23 July 2015

Save money on after school clubs with Childcare Vouchers

Wrap around childcare has become the norm for modern families with young children. It’s rare for parents to find a job that fits in around school hours or school holidays, meaning there’s a demand for childcare that covers the hours needed while t...

Posted on 30 September 2015

Parental leave extended to grandparents

Returning to work after having a baby is tough for new parents, especially if there are money worries about the cost of childcare. In April 2015, shared parental leave was implemented, allowing both parents to share up to 52 weeks of leave, not ju...

Posted on 28 October 2015

Government plans for parents to request wraparound childcare at school

In December 2015, as part of their on-going childcare strategy, the Government released draft guidance for consultation, outlining plans to allow parents the ‘right to request’ wraparound childcare at their child’s school for outside the school da...

Posted on 10 December 2015

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...

Posted on 11 April 2016

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...

Posted on 26 April 2017

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...

Posted on 20 September 2017

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...

Posted on 03 August 2016

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...

Posted on 30 August 2016

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 hav...

Posted on 28 September 2016

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...

Posted on 25 April 2018

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...

Posted on 19 October 2016

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 t...

Posted on 15 August 2017

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...

Posted on 19 December 2017

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 clos...

Posted on 24 January 2018

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...

Posted on 13 February 2018

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...

Posted on 13 February 2018

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...

Posted on 12 March 2018

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...

Posted on 23 March 2018

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 t...

Posted on 17 August 2018