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Making your child's schooling a success

Dee Francken, renowned education consultant calls on her years of experience as a former head to provide some useful tips on making sure your child is prepared for school and gives advice on laying the groundwork to give them a successful school...

Posted on 02 July 2012

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

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

Top tips on school selection

The process of choosing and applying for school can be a minefield, here, Dee Francken, education consultant goes through the maze of options available, giving helpful tips on how to choose the most suitable school for your child and how best to...

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

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

Family Charity Ask You To Make One Change To Improve Your Family Life

Make One Change Monday 21 – Sunday 27 October Change for the better often happens by taking small steps. The Family and Childcare Trust’s theme this year is about the ONE change parents, businesses, employers and childcare providers could make to...

Posted on 22 October 2013

Dealing with Divorce and Separation

“One day at a time – this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone: and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” ~ I...

Posted on 23 January 2014

What exactly is Shared Parental Leave?

From the 1 st April Shared Parental Leave will become a right for every UK worker. It is the most significant shift towards family-friendly employment rights in many years and should make it easier for both parents to take leave in the early stage...

Posted on 02 April 2015

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

Warning to parents: employing nannies or other carers may come at a cost

Did you ever imagine when you engaged someone to look after your child that you would become responsible for their tax, NI and now pension? I’ve been talking with parents that directly employ someone to care for their child and have discovered man...

Posted on 01 July 2015

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We would love to hear from you and get your feedback on what you love about Parent Hub. This website was made with you in mind so any comments you have will help us improve for you. If there are an articles or topics you would like to see please g...

Posted on 01 July 2015

What is ‘Tax-Free Childcare’ ?

From 2017, the existing Childcare Vouchers (CCV) scheme will be closed to new joiners. Anyone who is already getting the vouchers can remain on the scheme indefinitely, until they change job, no longer have qualifying children, stop getting vouche...

Posted on 19 August 2015

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

Changes in 3-4 year old funding may impact other childcare finance options

Childcare funding has been top of the political agenda again, with the new Conservative Government announcing their intention to extend the 15 free hours for 3-4 year olds to 30 hours.  This was confirmed in the recent summer budget to be starting...

Posted on 11 August 2015

Mounting evidence of advantages for children of working mothers

We’ve all had to make the agonizing decision whether to return to work after maternity leave or stay at home to look after the children. Whatever choice we make it’s common to question whether it’s the right one for our children. Such doubts are...

Posted on 09 September 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

Failing to succeed

Just six weeks after starting secondary school I have done what I vowed I would never do and taken my daughter’s forgotten PE kit to school.  As a result, she was spared a detention and unnecessary tears. But what has she learnt from this? Full...

Posted on 28 October 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

Schools can help parents make childcare savings

If your child’s school chooses to accept Childcare Vouchers they can help working parents enjoy big savings on their childcare costs, reducing their bill by up to a third. The can be used to pay for out of school clubs These valuable savings are n...

Posted on 27 January 2016

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

Tax-Free Childcare Update

Following the Government’s Budget 2016 announcement on the 16 th March, there are some further developments regarding Childcare Voucher schemes and Tax-Free Childcare. Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) is scheduled to roll out from ‘early 2017’. This will ...

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

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

Grab the perfect last minute Christmas gift

Last minute gifts can be nightmares, with crowded high streets and empty online shopping baskets; it can be difficult to find the perfect gift with the clock ticking.  However for those family, friends, and even kids who are crazy about cooking...

Posted on 14 December 2016

Peace in our Christmastime

Ah! The mixology of Christmas or should that read aaaaaargh?  Blend together in-laws, elders, teenagers and toddlers, who may not be used to spending extended periods of time in each other’s company.  Mix with a steady stream of alcohol et voilà!...

Posted on 07 December 2017

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

Help keep Childcare Vouchers open

Earlier this year we set out to support a petition to keep Childcare Vouchers open after the 2018 planned closure date and thanks to your contribution in signing and sharing the petition we have now reached over 110,000 signatures! This means that...

Posted on 14 December 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

Childcare Vouchers vs. Tax-Free Childcare – who are the winners?

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 26 February 2018

Help working parents save up to £933/year on childcare – before it’s too late!

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 26 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

Here’s why you may be financially better off with 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 12 March 2018

Cut your costs this Easter break

If the thought of keeping your kids entertained for more than two weeks over Easter sounds daunting and expensive, then we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up our favourite low cost activities and money-saving tips to help you save this Easter! 1.  ...

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

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

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

Plan the Perfect Family Picnic

We all know the drill when it comes to British summer time – the second the sun shows its face you cannot hesitate for a moment; get out and absorb that vitamin D! There’s no better way to bask in the summer sun than with a family picnic. Here are...

Posted on 18 May 2018

Seeking help for postnatal depression

One in 10 women in the UK will experience postnatal depression (rising to 40% in teen mothers), and as many as 20% of women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or after childbirth. It is incredibly common. What are the symptom...

Posted on 18 May 2018

The Importance of Dads

It’s nearly Father’s Day, which prompts us all to remember the dads in our lives. Of course, many children now have a different experience than the traditional model of fathers coming home from work late, watching TV, and waiting for mum to call f...

Posted on 18 May 2018

Choosing a summer camp

Summer camps are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Whether your child is academically-minded or after a summer of sports and activities, there are thousands of programmes to choose from at home and abroad. Not only do summer camps provide y...

Posted on 01 June 2018

Planning for your children’s future

It seems that every week there is another news story about the financial woes of the so-called millennial generation (and how they only have themselves to blame). If this is a continual pattern for future generations, how will your children fare?...

Posted on 01 June 2018

Seven Tips to Alleviate Sibling Rivalry

When your kids argue, do you feel like the referee? If you are blessed with more than one child, then it won’t be a surprise to you that siblings bicker, pester and fight once in a while. Siblings don’t get along all the time. But when is it too...

Posted on 01 June 2018

How to stop the summer brain drain

Does the idea of making your children do schoolwork over the holidays fill you with dread or do you see it as an opportunity to hone in on any learning gaps? For many, school work and tutoring over the summer can sometimes seem like an unpleasant...

Posted on 04 July 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