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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

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

Eat your way to a healthy and productive 2013

Food and nutrition is one of the top three issues you say you would like more support with, according to a recent study from Edenred. So here is Oliver Gray, one of the UK’s leading health and energy experts and author of ENERGISE YOU, with some...

Posted on 29 January 2013

Children’s Sleep

Here Mandy Gurney, founder of Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic and co-author of the sleep book "Teach Your Child to Sleep" lays out some strategies to help with children’s sleep problems. It is very rare for a child never to suffer any sleep...

Posted on 30 January 2015

6 things to check before you travel while pregnant

Are you pregnant and going on holiday this summer? Look at our checklist to help you have everything in place for a safe and comfortable trip. 1. Get the okay from your doctor or midwife first Travelling in the middle of your pregnancy term is bes...

Posted on 03 May 2016

Goodbye junk food, hello home cooking

Maggie Sims MBE runs The Children’s Food Trust’s national Let’s Get Cooking programme. In her latest blog she asks why, given all of the evidence, there’s no mention of cooking skills in the government’s childhood obesity plan?  Cooking as a famil...

Posted on 19 October 2016

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

Calling all parents - ready, steady, cook!

Whether you’re thinking about getting started or you already love to cook with the kids – we’ve got just the thing for you.  Run by the Children’s Food Trust, Friends of Let’s Get Cooking will provide you with the skills, knowledge and inspiration...

Posted on 27 October 2016

Is the cost of childcare impacting your work?

Is the cost of childcare impacting your work? With childcare costs rising year on year and wage growth hardly increasing there’s more pressure being put on parents to save money by forgoing the babysitters and afterschool clubs and cutting time ou...

Posted on 21 November 2016

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

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

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

11 Tips for a Successful First Residential Trip

Between the ages nine and eleven, your child will probably embark on a school residential trip. These trips, which involve a couple of nights away, are considered a rite of passage and a way to introduce your child to various aspects of spending...

Posted on 08 May 2018

Are Smartphones Damaging our Children?

Smartphone use – what are the dangers? Many parents ask this and other related questions, like How many hours is safe ? Is Social Media the main issue ? Where do I look for guidance ? Just by typing “ are smartphones safe for children ” into Googl...

Posted on 08 May 2018