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How to succeed as a working parent

A recent report* declared that working parents splash out £2,000 a year on ‘bribes’ for their children as it emerges that four in ten parents spend less than seven hours a week with them.  Half of these parents buy guilt presents for their childre...

Posted on 19 March 2015

Are we losing communication skills?

Before the days of mobile phones, texting, computers, internet access, game consoles and endless television channels what did people do?  The answer is that they used to communicate face to face.  They used to sit down and have a family meal...

Posted on 13 July 2012

How can I be a Great Dad?

With governmental changes to Shared Parental Leave there is a greater emphasis on fathers and the role that they play than ever before.  However, with the pressures of work, being a father and having the time to engage with your children is not an...

Posted on 16 April 2015

The Challenges of Stepfamilies & Single Parenting

Stepfamilies have a bad image.  Single parents are either frowned upon or felt sorry for.  Think of Snow White’s jealous stepmother, the unrealistically positive Brady Bunch or Princess Jasmine’s desperate single father. Of course real life is mor...

Posted on 05 January 2017

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

Baby Costs Calculator

Did you know that a baby could cost as much as £7,200 or as little as £1,600 in their first year, excluding childcare?  Use the calculator to check how much the essentials could cost you. The costs are only a guide based on our own research. You m...

Posted on 01 June 2012

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

Top tips to a happy summer holiday

Pleasant, carefree family-time to recuperate from a busy academic year. Or a grouchy trip complete with niggles, grumbles and the odd full-blown row? Family summer holidays have their highs and lows, but here are 5 steps to help avoid the pitfalls...

Posted on 04 July 2018

Back to school

Long, lazy days, filled with day trips, late nights, and an ever-sliding routine are what make the school summer holidays. But as the days draw in and the autumn term looms, here’s how to tackle that tricky transition back to structured days and...

Posted on 24 August 2017

Friendships

Friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts. For toddlers, early socialising establishes healthy patterns for solid friendships later in life and lays foundations for a strong ‘sense of self’. For older children, a personal support network creates ...

Posted on 12 September 2017

Majority of parents want to keep access to Childcare Vouchers

Ninety-eight per cent of parents would like access to Childcare Vouchers to continue alongside the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme, according to a survey by the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA). Over half of the 17,000...

Posted on 02 October 2017

How to have a Happy Halloween

Whether you revel in All Hallows’ Eve or prefer to hide away, the goblins and ghouls of 31st October have steadily crept up on us all. We’ve rounded up some of the latest advice for parents on how to keep children entertained, happy and safe amids...

Posted on 25 October 2017

The stigma and the joys of Shared Parental Leave

Hey dads, did you know that you’re allowed to share 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay with your partner after you have a baby, thanks to Shared Parental Leave (SPL)? And did you know you’ve been able to do this since April 2015? If you didn’t,...

Posted on 10 April 2018

Support from day one – can continuity of care in pregnancy make a difference?

“Continuity of care could potentially save 700 babies’ lives a year,” said Jeremy Hunt MP as he announced plans in March to provide mothers in England with the reassurance of seeing the same NHS midwife through pregnancy and labour. The new plans...

Posted on 24 April 2018

The Benefits and Dangers of Co-Sleeping

Co-sleeping with your child; is it a vital bonding experience for parents and their children? Or is it dangerous and to be avoided at all costs? What is co-sleeping? Co-sleeping can refer to a number of set-ups including placing a cot alongside yo...

Posted on 08 May 2018

The difficulties of being a new dad

There is no denying that being a new mum is incredibly physically and mentally challenging. However research has shown that many dads can struggle with issues like postnatal depression too. Some feel they cannot reach out for help, finding that...

Posted on 18 June 2018